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Companion Animal Practice
Veterinary care of rabbits with myiasis
  1. Glen Cousquer

    Glen Cousquer graduated from Edinburgh in 1997 and worked in mixed practice for two years. He subsequently spent four years as a wildlife veterinary officer for the RSPCA. Since 2003, he has worked in an exotic referral practice and gained additional zoo and exotic animal experience in the UK, South Africa and France. He holds a first class honours BSc focusing on avian respiratory physiology, and the RCVS certificate in zoological medicine.


DOMESTIC rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) are often victims of fly strike or myiasis. Flies are attracted to lay their eggs on rabbits under various conditions and maggots hatching from these eggs then digest living tissue, in some cases causing considerable damage to the animal. The condition is extremely distressing for rabbit and owner alike. This article reviews the factors that predispose rabbits to fly strike, and discusses the examination, assessment and treatment of affected cases. Prevention is infinitely preferable and a range of potential control measures is also discussed.

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