Do you know about Flystrike?

As the weather gets warmer we need to be aware of certain health hazards for our pets. One that often goes unnoticed is flystrike.

What is Flystrike?

Flystrike, also known as myiasis, occurs when flies lay their eggs on or near animals, particularly those with open wounds, soiled fur, or areas of moisture. These eggs then hatch into maggots that feed on the animal’s flesh, causing severe skin damage, infections, and even life-threatening complications.

It is essential to be vigilant and recognize the signs of flystrike in animals. Keep an eye out for the following indicators:

  • Restlessness or agitation: Animals affected by flystrike may display unusual behaviour, such as excessive scratching, licking, or biting at a specific area.
  • Foul odour: A strong, unpleasant smell emanating from your pet’s body could indicate the presence of maggots.
  • Presence of eggs or maggots: Inspect your pet’s fur or wounds carefully for small white eggs or maggots.
  • Skin abnormalities: Redness, swelling, sores, or visible skin damage are signs that require immediate attention.

Preventing flystrike is crucial for your pet’s well-being. Here are some preventative measures to consider.:

  • Regular grooming: Regularly brush and clean your pet’s fur, paying particular attention to hard to reach areas.
  • Clean living environment: Ensure a clean living space for your pets, promptly removing faces and maintaining dry bedding.
  • Wound care: Inspect your pet’s skin regularly for wounds, sores, or moisture and seek veterinary attention if needed.

Flystrike is a serious condition that can harm your pets if left untreated.

If you suspect your pet has flystrike then please do not hesitate to contact us on

01825 764268

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