Over the following few days Pumpkin required frequent checks
and cleaning and dressing of the wounds. The wounds were bathed
in an antiseptic solution and then gently dried. We would
check them each day to make sure that there was no reoccurrence
of the maggots and to make sure that they were healing up
ok. We also had to start syringe feeding her as she had gone
into gut stasis as a result of the shock of having fly-strike.
Eventually, over time, Pumpkin started to eat on her own accord
and her gut sounds returned to normal.
Although the wounds had a long way to go before they were
healed completely, Pumpkin reached a stage where she had improved
enough to be sent home. Pumpkins mum was given a set of instructions
on her continuing care and advised on what to look out for.
Pumpkin is now doing very well and her wounds have more or
less all healed over.
It is really important if you are a rabbit owner to keep
your rabbits hutch clean and dry, especially the toilet
area. Make sure you check your rabbits bottom at least
twice a day. A product called Rearguard, which is applied
to the bottom area, is particularly good at preventing fly-strike.
If you would like any advice regarding this condition please
speak to one of the nurses.