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  • Q
    What can I do to protect my rabbits against fly strike?
  • A
    Rabbits are said to have fly strike or to have been 'struck' when flies lay eggs upon them. The eggs then hatch into maggots which feed on the animal's flesh. While fly strike can be fatal, there are things you can do to protect your rabbits.
  • Q
    One of my rabbits has flystrike but the other rabbit doesn’t, do I need to separate them?
  • A
    No, it is not necessary to separate your rabbits if only one is showing signs of fly strike, but steps will need to be taken to protect both rabbits. Fly strike can be fatal, so the rabbit that has been ‘struck’ needs immediate attention.
  • Q
    How can you tell the difference between mange and ringworm in guinea pigs?
  • A
    This can be very difficult. In mange, the hairs usually break off at the base, whereas in ringworm, they often break off part way down the shaft. Mange is most common in autumn (often brought on by the stress caused when moving animals...
  • Q
    Can my rabbit catch fleas from my cat or dog?
  • A
    Yes, rabbits can catch fleas from your cat or dog, especially house rabbits. If you discover your pet has fleas, you will need to treat your cat/dog with a flea spot-on, treat your rabbit with a suitable anti-parasite treatment and treat your home.
  • Q
    Can I catch any of these parasites myself?
  • A
    Yes! Mange and ringworm are said to be “zoonotic”, meaning that they are transferable to humans. So, be very careful when treating infected animals. An adult should treat affected animals and should...

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