Rabbit owners are being warned about a recent spike in a disease that is potentially fatal to the animals if they are not treated, reports ChesterFirst
The condition, known as fly strike, occurs when green bottle flies become attracted to the rabbit's waste and encourage parasites.
The organisms will eventually release toxins, which could be fatal to the adorable furry creatures.
"Overfeeding means the rabbits get overweight and cannot clean themselves. It's a vicious cycle," Diane Wheeler, who runs a volunteer rabbit rescue, told the news source.
Wheeler recommends changing the rabbit's bedding daily, not overfeeding the animal, and performing a daily check to make sure they are clean and dry. Owners can also try various pet products
specifically for rabbits to help protect them from flies.
Contact your local veterinarian for more information on fly strike and other tips on how to help animals
. Your vet may be able to keep the rabbit healthy and happy for a long time.