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Vet school offers rabbit advice
A campaign to help pet rabbit owners recognise the warning signs of an often fatal condition has been launched.

Fly strike or Myiasis occurs when flies are attracted to soiled areas or any wounds. Eggs are laid and when maggots hatch they burrow into the flesh.

Vets at Bristol University's small animal practice in Langford said if not treated quickly the rabbit could die.

"Rabbits are complex pets to keep. If owners know the symptoms the risk can be reduced," a spokeswoman said.

The fly strike campaign will run until October at the University of Bristol's small animal practice at Langford, North Somerset.

The Bristol School of Veterinary Science has been training veterinary surgeons for more than 50 years.

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