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Post by Jay on Fri Apr 02, 2010 10:01 am

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As the weather warms up (although it may not seem it yet..) some new bunny owners may not be aware of the danger of Flystrike.
It is a good time to get your bun(s) used to their daily bum checks, esp. if they aren't that used to being handled.

We have an article on Flystrike here, and the same text is also in this video, which also demonstrates the 'bum check'.

ETA: If your bun can't be handled for a bum check, or you have any further worries about Flystrike, then talk to your vet about prescribing 'Rearguard' which you can apply to the fur and prevents Flystrike. Follow instructions given, but it gives around 10 weeks protection.



Please take time to familiarise yourselves with these, as Flystrike is largely preventable and certainly treatable, provided you take the recommended steps and check your buns every day.

Any questions on it, please ask, Thanks Wave


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Post by Happy Hoppers on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:10 pm

Great post Jay Thumbs Up


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Post by Snowy on Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:53 pm

Can I please stress that it is not just outside bunnies that can get flystrike but house bunnies can as well
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Post by NickieM on Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:29 pm

Having lost a rabbit to this, it is a gruesome thing and happens very very quickly. Good timely post Jay.


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Post by NSD on Sun Apr 04, 2010 1:52 am

I have to admit i've never heard of fly strike before ! Embarassed That video was very informative but scary, I ran to my bunnies to check their bottoms (which they did not enjoy). Thanks for the information
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Post by *Spider* on Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:11 am

Fantastic post Jay Thumbs Up
I've now started to do my bum checks (all 7 of them)
Just a question, can guinea piggles get it?
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Post by Jay on Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:27 am

Apprently so Hetty clicky Sad
I think anything with fur can, on the farm when I was a kid, we used to see the most horrendous flystrike attacks on sheep - it's an image that's never left me, I think that's why I made that video so scarey..!
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Post by *Spider* on Sun Apr 04, 2010 9:36 am

Ahh no, 9 bum checks to do now!
Doesn't help that the piggies are the messiest of them all!!
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Post by Lottie on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:15 pm

Great video, i had NO IDEA this exist! Actualy I'm pretty worried because we have ALOT of flies here, but how am I supposed to check Kenzo's butt? His fur is so very long, and it's white! I'm realy worried now pale
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Post by NickieM on Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:40 pm

Gloria is incredibly fluffy around her bum like Kenzo and she is a very very clean bun. I find it really impossible to check her because she gets so stressed out about being handled and if I stress her too much she goes into stasis.

The rabbit I lost had been ill and had wet poos. I didn't realise that such a thing as fly strike existed as I was very new to bunnies then. The first we knew was when she was sitting in her hutch looking sad. By then it was too late. She saw the emergency vet at 10.00 pm who gave her a painkiller and something to help her gut. Then they cleaned the wound and put her on a drip to rehydrate her. She was put on syringe feeding but just got weaker and weaker and died after about 5 days.

I make sure I keep a good look at their litter trays every day and check the consistency of their poo. They have lots of hay as too many veg can give them wetter poos. Also I make sure their hutch is much cleaner in the summer so there is nothing to attract flies.


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Post by KatieB on Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:13 am

Scary Stuff. Another thing to add to the "watch list" Daisy's Bottom!


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Post by Jay on Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:10 pm

Lottie wrote:Great video, i had NO IDEA this exist! Actualy I'm pretty worried because we have ALOT of flies here, but how am I supposed to check Kenzo's butt? His fur is so very long, and it's white! I'm realy worried now pale
Hi Lottie, in Kenzo's case (and for any bun who can't do the bum check etc.) it may be advisable to talk to your vet about Rearguard.
“Rearguard” – this is a medication that a vet can prescribe to help prevent flystrike. It lasts approximately 10 weeks and is applied to the rabbit's hind quarters in liquid form.
(taken from the Flystrike article.)

Hope that eases your concerns Smile
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Post by Lottie on Wed Apr 07, 2010 7:02 pm

Ok I guess I'll ring my vet about this med! You realy are so helpfull Jay Very Happy

I did check Chewy's butt though, since he is short haired, and he has no eggs or maggots on him, and both of my bunnies bums are dry and clean, so that has me less worried already.
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Post by vivabun1 on Wed Apr 14, 2010 9:33 pm

*Spider* wrote:Fantastic post Jay Thumbs Up
I've now started to do my bum checks (all 7 of them)
Just a question, can guinea piggles get it?

I have had a guinea pig with fly strike. She had a tumour on her genitals so found it hard to keep herself clean. we caught it really early but in the end we had her pts as the risk of it happening again was just too great Sad

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Post by Jay on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:44 am

It's time to bring out the Flystrike reminder again folks Wave
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Post by Snowy on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:59 am

Well done Jay, please everyone take note of this and check your bums twice a day, well not yours, your bunnies bums Embarassed Embarassed
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Post by Dotdot on Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:46 am

Can anyone give me the name of this video please? It won't work straight on my phone so I'll have to search it on the YouTube app.
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Post by Jay on Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:25 pm

Dotdot wrote:Can anyone give me the name of this video please? It won't work straight on my phone so I'll have to search it on the YouTube app.

Sure, it's called Rabbit care - Myiasis - Flystrike in Rabbits - An Information film

the URL is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FC2TVwgJxo
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Post by jolovesbunnies on Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:08 pm

Thank you Jay for your great post. Even though Mr Snuffles is a house bunny, I still check him regularly. I just wish I could help the other bunnies out there who might be affected. Don't you just hate parasitic things?

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Post by Yodaphine on Wed Mar 23, 2011 3:31 pm

Fab post Jay...I have to admit, even tho I have Roo indoors, i have a bit of a phobia of this flystrike...so consequently I check Roo twice a day and am what you could consider a bit OCD about picking up poo, horrible disease Shocked

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Post by Catsknickers on Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:21 pm

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Post by Thumper2001 on Tue May 03, 2011 7:53 pm

Thank you for the informative video!

I have a question re flystrike that I was hoping you guys would be able to help with.

Thumper is 10, and getting a bit slack on the whole cleaning thing. Don't get me wrong, she's not DIRTY. I took her to the vet about 3 weeks ago and got them to trim her back end because I think she is going for a wee in her sleep and she was getting very messy. But she's not shaved right to the bone.

Sometimes after having a wee, she has a little bit left on her so before I put her outside I always give her a wipe with a scented grooming wipe.

Will giving her a wipe with this deter the flies at all? Will they be put off by the "nice" smell?

Would really appreciate any feedback on this as I am really paranoid about fly strike.

Thank you for any help.
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Post by Jay on Wed May 04, 2011 8:00 am

I don't know what a scented grooming wipe is, but if her coat is not thick enough there for a fly to lay maggots in, then they most likely won't, but I can't say for sure.

Could you just use a damp cloth if you're worried about the scent? Also, your vet can give Thumper 'Rearguard' to spay on the rear, which will protect her for a few weeks each application, alternatively, you could shave the area.
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Post by Thumper2001 on Wed May 04, 2011 1:00 pm

Thank you for your replies.

Does anyone have experience with Beaphar Fly Guard Spray?

I'm thinking about buying it, you can get it at Pets At Home. It says it provides cover for up to 3 months, but I can't see any reviews on the internet (apart from on the Pets At Home website itself).

Thanks.
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