Rear Guard is supplied in a bottle with a sponge applicator attached. It is used to prevent "fly strike" (maggot infestation) in rabbits. The liquid contents of the Rear Guard bottle are sponged over the skin and hair of the rabbit from the middle of the back to the end of the tail, taking particular care to cover the folds of skin inside the back legs. Rear Guard is effective through preventing any fly eggs from hatching into maggots. It does not kill maggots or repel flies. Flies will tend to lay their eggs on the rear end of rabbits if they are moist and unclean. This is usually down to diarrhoea or incontinence. Although Rear Guard will prevent fly strike for 10 weeks after application, it is still worth trying to deal with any underlying problem too. Diarrhoea is often a dietary problem and can respond to an increased fibre and lower carbohydrate diet. Veterinary advice regarding this should be taken where appropriate.
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A clear solution containing 6% cyromazine.
For the prevention of blowfly strike (Lucilia sericata) in domestic rabbits for 10 weeks after dosing.
Dosage and administration
Rearguard comes supplied ready-to-use in a bottle with built-in applicator sponge. Gently depress the sponge to break the valve before applying.
Apply the product using the sponge applicator, ensuring that the rabbit fur is thoroughly wetted with the solution from the middle of the back to the tip of the tail. Ensure that the entire bottle is applied. Special attention should be paid to the areas under the tail and between the back legs. Do not allow the product to run off the animal. Discard any unused product after application.
Rabbits should be first treated in early summer before any flies are seen. Rearguard will not kill adult maggots but works by preventing any eggs laid by flies developing. Rabbits should be treated at 8-10 week intervals under conditions of repeated blowfly challenge.
Rearguard does not repel flies but it will prevent any maggots from forming and damaging the animal. If the rabbit is continually attractive to flies, this may be due to an underlying disease e.g. diarrhoea or incontinence, or a lack of hygiene within its housing. In such cases further advice should be sought from your veterinary surgeon.
In cases of existing flystrike, adult maggots should be removed by mechanical means and appropriate supportive treatment given. Rearguard should then be applied to the fur to prevent development of new larvae and re-strike.
Contra-indications, warnings, etc
Treated rabbits may show a temporary reduction in appetite in the 24-48 hours following treatment. Not to be used in pregnant or breeding females. Do not apply to broken skin. Not to be used in rabbits intended for human consumption. Not to be used on rabbits less than 10 weeks of age. For external use only. For animal treatment only. Wash hands and exposed skin after use. Wash splashes from skin and eyes immediately. Do not smoke whilst using this product.
Care should be taken in the treatment of old, sick or debilitated rabbits.
Protect from frost or direct sunlight.
Do not store above 25°C.
Shake container before use.
Store in tightly closed original container.
Unused product should be returned to the veterinary surgeon.
Dispose of used packaging in the household refuse.
Store away from food and drink.
Keep out of reach of children.
Bathing the animal may result in reduction in efficacy of the product and may require more frequent application. In cases of existing flystrike, adult maggots should be removed by mechanical means and appropriate supportive treatment given. Rearguard should then be applied to the fur to prevent development of new larvae and re-strike.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Antiparasitic products, insecticides and repellents.
Other ectoparasiticides for topical use.
ATC Vet Code QP53AX
Cyromazine is an insect growth regulator. It is not pharmacologically active in mammals.
Dermal absorption rate a maximum of 10% of dose over 8 hours.
Cyromazine rapidly excreted in mammals and birds.
List of excipients
Lactic acid edible 80
Acetic acid glacial
Shelf life of veterinary medicinal product as packaged for sale: 3 years.
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IS it ok for the rabbit to wash itself and thus lick the product before it dries? 16th Jul 2013
I have just applied the product to my rabbit and he has started licking it off and washing himself straight away. Is it safe for rabbits to consume the product? And does it remain effective if the rabbit has started washing straight away?
- Veterinary Surgeon at VioVet
Most rabbits tend to lick like this when anything is applied to them, so yours is not unusual. With this product, licking should not be harmful, but will tend to reduce slightly the effectiveness of the product. However in practice it turns out to be safe and effective, which is what matters.