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Old 10/01/07, 09:24 PM
 
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worm in dog's skin?

Our dog has an infected small round hole in her haunch which we thought was a puncture wound, but now it looks like a light-colored worm or something is in it. Has anyone ever seen such a thing? Would a worm or insect bore into a dog's skin? Any way to kill or smother it without harming the dog?
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Old 10/01/07, 09:25 PM
 
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Take a picture of it....and post it. It's possible but most likely it's tissue that you're seeing.
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Old 10/01/07, 09:33 PM
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thats a warble maggot.

get a pointed set of forecepts or tweezers and grab the edge of the hole, and take a razor and make a small cut in the edge to make the hole bigger.
dont be afraid to make a good cut, or 2 two enlarge the opening..... its ok. ti will heal fast.
then take the tweezers and dig in the hole and grab the maggot and pull it out. do it slow as not to rip the little bugger in half and kill it or it will need opened up wider to flush the dead bits out.... if you pull slow, it will slip right out.


be warned, they get big.

the lump isnt infected its the home of a big grub, and its swimming in a sticky fluid as it eats its home bigger as it grows.

once you pull the thing out, it will heal up quick with some neosporin on it.

Ive yanked those things out bigger than large jellybeans.

the skin is numb around the hole, its a breating hole the grub keeps open.... you wont hurt the dog.
if it gets bigger and eats down into the muscle it will start to hurt for sure.

once you yank your first out, youll be a pro.

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Old 10/01/07, 09:36 PM
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Big worm? little worm? A few years ago we had some kittens dumped. Two of them had *worm holes*.... I got the fly larve out, used some topical antibiodict. Both were fine. Here's a link with a couple pics. http://www.bright.net/~bryanvet/Cuterebra.htm
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Happy Dog!

Thanks for identifying the warble maggot--we just pulled it out after smothering the air whole with vaseline. It started coming up for air right away. Doggy still nervous but obviously feeling better.
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Old 10/01/07, 11:42 PM
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GROSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Tell her to stop eating cat poop!
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Is that where they come from? Does Furry have worms?
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Old 10/01/07, 11:50 PM
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no way, he's totally pristine.

1. poop-eating nervous dog with a gigantic nose
2. regal king-like black cat who can do no wrong (and has a cute little black nose)

Furry had nothing to do with it
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Old 10/01/07, 11:53 PM
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its a fly.. a really big fly.
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Boy is that gross! Let me go check my dogs n cats...
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Back when I was a kid in Ky we had cats get them pretty regularly. In the neck. ew ew ew. We'd just hold 'em down and pour turpentine in the hole. The cats got MAD, the maggot died and we all lived to repeat the story.
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I don't get sicked out very easily, but that does it....the other thing that does it is that rainforest frog that the daddy has little nasty holes in his back that the momma lays the eggs in and they develop IN his back. AWWWW SICK!
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Old 10/02/07, 09:33 AM
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Back when I was a kid in Ky we had cats get them pretty regularly. In the neck. ew ew ew. We'd just hold 'em down and pour turpentine in the hole. The cats got MAD, the maggot died and we all lived to repeat the story.
I had a cat years ago with 1 on her face. Took her to the vet to take care of. In a week, another showed up in her neck. A friend said Zippo lighter fluid, so I squirted a bit in the hole. The neck healed before the face!

I forget the name, but there is another bug that does what the warble fly larva do, but they are associated with rabbit droppings. That's how my cat got it...I was raising rabbits at the time.
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I use a large syringe without the needle to "suction" the maggot. Push plunger down, insert syringe (without the needle!) into the opening, and pull back on the plunger quickly, while snatching the syringe. Gross, but quick and effective.
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Yaaarg! the necessary things I learn here......Thanks.
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Yep, I'm currently attending vet tech school and we just learned about cuterebra in Parasitology class last quarter. Disgusting!
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I had a cat years ago with 1 on her face. Took her to the vet to take care of. In a week, another showed up in her neck. A friend said Zippo lighter fluid, so I squirted a bit in the hole. The neck healed before the face!

I forget the name, but there is another bug that does what the warble fly larva do, but they are associated with rabbit droppings. That's how my cat got it...I was raising rabbits at the time.
My dad called them "wolves" or perhaps "woofs". I was a little kid and my little brother had a pet bunny.
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One other name is Bot Fly Larva. They are common in wild animals and die after a good frost. The hole is usually larger than the warble so you can put a little pressure around the hole and the warble will come up so you can catch it to pull it out. Now maggots in a wound is a whole different story. They live in a hole that has a smaller opening than the inside and there is many inside. They need to be cleaned out and the site treated to kill any infection in the wound. Glad you got it out. Sam
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Old 10/02/07, 11:34 AM
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My dad called them "wolves" or perhaps "woofs". I was a little kid and my little brother had a pet bunny.
That is what my Daddy called them too. I can handle blood, wounds, I even was there when the vet did a trach on my horse. But....... a flesh eating worm....... is just gag me gross.
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One other name is Bot Fly Larva. They are common in wild animals and die after a good frost. The hole is usually larger than the warble so you can put a little pressure around the hole and the warble will come up so you can catch it to pull it out. Now maggots in a wound is a whole different story. They live in a hole that has a smaller opening than the inside and there is many inside. They need to be cleaned out and the site treated to kill any infection in the wound. Glad you got it out. Sam
We've been taught not to squeeze the hole, as there is the possibility that you might squash the actual worm, which could cause even more problems. In the vet's office, they enlarge the hole by incising the skin and using forceps to gently remove the worm. Be sure to use plenty of antiseptic if you are not planning on going to the vet!
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