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Maggots: A Nasty Problem in Pets

It’s that time of year again …

One of the least favorite times of year for most emergency staff is what we in the veterinary community like to refer to as “maggot season.” While most people only think of maggots growing in spoiled food or on things that are no longer alive, maggots can also be a problem in our live pets.

Maggots are fly larvae (an early stage of fly development), and a maggot infestation is called myiasis. When looking for a suitable place to lay their eggs, flies are usually attracted to things with decaying or rotten smells. In our live pets, attractive sites for flies can include infected bite wounds, areas of fur that are matted with urine or feces, skin folds, infected ears, ruptured skin masses, hot spots and surgical incisions, to name a few. After about 1-3 days, the eggs hatch. At first, the maggots will feed on dead skin or debris. But when that food source runs out, they release an enzyme in their saliva that starts digesting healthy skin. The enzyme can cause small holes in the skin, and then the maggots can actually burrow underneath the skin. They can also tunnel into the rectum or vagina of a pet. With time, the maggots can start releasing toxins that can make your pet sick very quickly, leading to fever, lethargy and shock.

So if you find maggots on your pet, get them to a vet immediately, where they will be able to clip and clean the underlying cause and remove the maggots. Some pets might need to be hospitalized and placed on IV fluids overnight, in addition to being started on antibiotics.

One of the biggest problems we’ve run into lately concerning maggots is false information on the Internet about getting rid of them at home — attempting to do so can make our job harder and further complicate your pet’s health. The problem is that the majority of information out there is geared toward killing maggots in food, not on your live pets. Some of the worst recommendations out there include the following — DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY OF THESE MEASURES:

  • Placing gasoline, oil, kerosene or lighter fluid on maggots is not a safe remedy. Besides potentially being a local irritant, if your pet ingests that kind of fluid, they can aspirate some of the material into the lungs.
  • Pouring straight bleach on the maggots is another unwise treatment recommended online — doing so can be very irritating to the eyes and act as an irritant to the lungs as well.
  • Pouring powdered lime on your pet also is not a good idea, since it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and GI tract ulceration.
  • Another very bad idea, placing boiling water on maggots, is something your pet would not appreciate, to say the least. Doing so can cause severe burns.
  • There is also information about using over the counter permethrin products to kill maggots. This would be something I would be very wary of doing on a cat. Cats are very sensitive to permethrins (an insecticide in many over-the-counter flea preventatives), and they can lead to intense muscle tremors and seizures.
  • Finally, using hairspray on the maggots is another unwise tip — doing so probably won’t kill them, and will only serve to give your pet a stiff hairdo.

The best method for keeping maggots off your pet is preventing them in the first place. During the summer months, if your pet lives outside, make sure they get their fur clipped for the season. Do daily cleaning of any soiled outside bedding. And if your pet has a skin infection, bite wounds or surgical incisions, keep them inside until they are healed. Also, be sure to have all wounds evaluated by a veterinarian!

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322 Comments
  1. Reply
    martine

    my cat just came in with what i think was maggots[dead bird in the yard this week and it was full of maggots,didn t think anything about it and hosed the maggots in the earth,but i suspect he might have run close to the maggots] anyways shampooed him intensively, used vinegar to wipe everything and comed the maggots out and then vinegared him again and fed him garlic.in case it s worms. i looked and them all seem out and he is more rested. i ll know tomorrow if it worked. keeping my fingers crossed.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Maggots are a problem because they should not be able to attach to healthy tissue, so I would be worried about a wound on your cat. Are you sure they are not fleas, lice or tapeworms? Please do not give your cat any more garlic, it is toxic to animals. Good luck!

      • Reply
        Pat Harrington

        I was reading about maggots on cats and they made a comment not to feed garlic to animals it’s toxic. I had a dog that had worms at the time and (this is gross) but he started to eat his poop the vet said to sprinkle garlic or pineapple juice on his food he has now died but from old age not garlic. Why do you say it’s toxic to pets.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          It is all about dosing. Small amounts of garlic are safe for MOST dogs, but larger volumes are very toxic. Garlic is in the onion family and causes red blood cell break down. A little will not hurt, but there is a definite toxic dose and it is not much. That is a VERY old school way to treat the problem, and we are learning more and more about food toxicity.

          • Rae Dan

            My pet Shih Tzu has Parvovirus. He had it for a week now and he’s gradually recovering after I gave him IV fluids, antibiotic, metoclopramide at Ranitide ampules which the vet has prescribed me. But he still continues to have diarrhea and some vomiting. Then last night before I sleep, my dog had another episodes of diarrhea but not as bloody as the other day. But what is different now is I saw a 1 live maggot crawling with my dog’s excrement. I’m not sure how he got it. He hasn’t had ingesting anything except with water which i mixed with rehydration salts. I’m having my suspicions that maybe a fly drop its eggs in my dog’s mouth or on his anus. I still prioritize for my dog’s hydration status but after noticing that one maggot, I’m now concern that he may also have maggot infestation lurking inside him and I’m afraid it might complicate his condition right now.

            What do you think is recommended to do in this kind of situation. By the way, I live in the Philippines. Thanks in advance for your response!

          • Dr. Stewart

            Probably a taperworm segment not a maggot. If it is a maggot then it probably came off the fur around the anus or in the stool. It is unlikely to have a maggot infection internally. Check for tapeworms, and around the dog anus. Sounds like the parvo is starting to resolve, give it more time and good luck!

          • joshua

            what do you do if your dog is pregnant and gives birth and the puppies get maggots all over them and you think they got inside of them

          • Dr. Stewart

            Bring them to a vet, something is wrong. They need immediate care. There is not much I can say other than that. Sorry.

        • Reply
          Wanda Miller

          The best thing I’ve found for fleas, ticks, worms or any parasite is Black Walnut extract sprinkled on food, twice per day. Also, and I would have never thought this would work, but feeding a dog pineapple (sliced or chucks, they love either one) will keep a dog from eating his own poop. I had a husky mix puppy (1 yr old pup) that did that.

          • Dr. Stewart

            Be very careful, black walnut is toxic to dogs in any significant doses. Pineapple is not toxic and if it works, thanks for the advice. I highly recommend against the black walnut.

      • Reply
        tena

        Hello I’m doing a lot of research for my guinea pig I have been sitting my guinea pigs cage outside for a while so she can get fresh it and as I clean out the cage I see Megan’s and I’m afraid that they might go up inside of her bottom please help and give informationon what I should do and where vets are close to Little Rock for guinea pigs

        • Reply
          tena

          Maggots not Megan’s

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          I’m confused about the maggots (not Megan’s) and where there are. If they are in her poop and she can not sit in it or get into it (like it drops through a screen or soemthing) then you are fine. If she has access to the poop then you need to clean the cage much more. Maggots take a while to hatch and more frequent cleanings will definitely help. I’m just not sure where the maggots are. If she is healthy they should not bother her. I would google “exotic vet Little Rock” and call for a quick interview to see who you like. I really do not know anyone there.

          • tena

            Can maggots crawl up a guinea pigs rear end ? In shortter words

          • Dr. Stewart

            Yes, but it is rare. Does that help?

      • Reply
        tena

        Wat is an animal but with out a smell no reptiles just easy to keep at home

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Cat?

      • Reply
        Alyssa

        Hello,

        My dog drank a little bit of stagnant water outside. A couple days later she had diarrhea. We gave her chicken and rice and she was having normal bowel movements. A couple days after that she had another episode of diarrhea, there was blood in the stool and this time there were tons of house flies around it. Could she have eaten fly eggs or larvae in the stagnant water, then they came out in her feces when they were becoming flies? Could this cause any permanent damage if they were feeding on her insides? She hasn’t had any more episodes of diarrhea since then yesterday, but I am just concerned about any long term damage this may have caused or if scenario is even possible.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Seems very unlikely and she probably has an upset stomach. Just watch for more diarrhea. I bet she will be fine. If not, you should see a vet for a stool check. The flies are after the fact.

          • mousy

            What about exotic pets what if your mouse got bit by one of there siblings and now has a maggot inside the mouse? Is there any way to take the maggot out without loosing the mouse?

          • Dr. Stewart

            Good question. It depends where and how big. I do not know much about mice. I would try to manually remove it, especially if there is just one.

      • Reply
        shell

        I am wondering, since it is the weekend and my vet is closed, what do I do about a cat that has flies landing all over his bottom and he has maggots on him? I can’t afford to take him to a weekend vet

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Without knowing why they are there I can not really help you. Maggots on his bottom would be a serious problem and you should try to find the fund for an ER vet. The cost are usually only a few % higher then a day vet. Please do not let your cat suffer.

      • Reply
        ftmjck

        Hello Dr, yesterday my cat just came home after couple weeks missing. I found out that it had lots of huge maggots inside its anus and testis. It looks like the testis was rotten for few days already I’m not sure. I tried to scrap the maggots out and inject an antibiotics into its anus. I couldn’t finish removing all the maggots because my cat was too aggressive that day. After 24 hours, I can’t see any moving things around the area. I try to wash the area with antiseptics quiet often and give my cat antibiotics. Am I doing everything right?

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Bring him to a vet to get him sedated to treat him right. Antibiotics in the anus does not sound right. He needs systemic antibiotics and proper wound care.

          • Bonnie

            I have a pup and gave him worm medicine because he came to me with worms and ticks took care of all but now I see maggots in his poop and it says to give worm medicine every two weeks so can’t give him any till next Tuesday what can I do from home to help with this love him but cant afford vet bill

          • Dr. Stewart

            Is it maggots or tapeworms? Maggots is a big problem, tapeworms you need different medication. Maggots in the stool are very bad. Tapeworms not so bad.

        • Reply
          Craig Wellert

          I have the same thing

      • Reply
        Cris

        Are maggots able to transfer to other dogs??
        We have three dogs one is very sick what can I do??

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          No they are not, but you need to see a vet!

      • Reply
        Lisa

        I seen a feral cat with a big opened wound on its face trying to catch it n get it some care but I’m worried if I can’t what will happen to the poor cat? 😢

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Hard to say. Depends on the wound. Maybe it will heal just fine, maybe it affects his vision or smell and then his eating. Hard to say. Sorry.

    • Reply
      Reyna

      Hi my pet shih Tzu has lilttle maggots coming out of her anal area and she is vomiting she don’t want to eat and I don’t know what to do I can’t afford to take her to a vet what can i do can you help me please.

      • Reply
        Dr. Stewart

        You need to get her to a vet or get her to an SPCA or shelter and giver her up for adoption. She seems very sick and if you can not treat her right, you need to get her proper care. Think of the best for the dog. I can not help you with anything else. This is your decision.

        • Reply
          ann

          I think this comment is a little harsh. I know you do realize how expensive it is to take a pet to the vet. Yes, I know people say, if you cant afford to care for a pet, that you shouldn’t have one. So, I guess if you don’t have money you don’t deserve to love and be loved by a pet. Just because one cant afford a vet does not mean one has not given there pet much love, and who knows for how long. I’ve had my dog for 9years and have loved her very much, she now has what appears to be a tumor growing in her stomach. 3000 was my quote on a vet, I feel awful that I cant afford it, do you think the less fortunate don’t care?

          • Dr. Stewart

            I appreciate your thoughts and comment but, but you are confusing two things. I really primarily care about the animal and the animal’s well being. I have no relationship with the owner (this is an anonymous web blog) so the only thing I can help with is a medical condition of a pet. In fact only a common or simple medical condition because I have never seen the animal, it has to be generalized help. Second, owning a pet is a privilege and a large responsibility. You are controlling and caring for a higher life form and that is a big responsibility. If a person has a dog that is suffering greatly and in die need of medical attention then they need to take responsibility and not ignore the pet or let it suffer. I really do not care about personal wealth, but I do care that animals are not unnecessarily suffering. If you can not care for an animal, get help. AND, DO NOT GET ANOTHER PET until you have the supplies and means to care for it properly. If your 9 year old dog is howling in pain, has maggots coming out of her tumor (this thread is maggots I think) or is in dire agony, then regardless of your finances you are neglecting the dog if you are not helping it. If your 9 year old dog is slowly deteriorating from a slow growing non painful tumor in her abdomen, then you are correct that you are doing everything in your means to help her. There is a difference. Everyone can have the company and love of an animal, but if the animal is suffering and the person can not or WILL not treat or care for them, then they need to seek outside help of give the animal up. They are living beings that deserve better. Remember this is free vet advice, not moral support for people who can not afford to do the right thing. Just my 2 cents, and I’m very sorry to hear about your dog. There are great lower cost advances in pain and tumor management.

          • Ann

            I was impulsive with my comment as i would never normally respond to an online blog post, i knew i was losing my precious girl, upset, and sad i couldnt try financially to save her, but i dont regret my comment, i still feel you were harsh despite your “2cents”. I think you could have given better advice, but just my opinion, there are places that maybe could have offered her a payment plan vs getting rid of her pet. I am in the medical profession and have literally dedicated my whole life to my patients because its what i love to do, i dont have kids and my pets are/were mine. Would a doctor say that to a humans sick child to give him or her up due to severe cost of medical expenses?, no they wouldnt. I was reading the maggot blog because there was an issue with my dog being in contact with maggots prior to her abdomen starting to protrude, i was wishfully hoping it had something to do with that versus a possible tumor or ascites. Anyway, i would never let her suffer, her ascites progressed, tried to keep her home with us as long as she was comfortable to have a few more days, got to the point she wasnt able to get up, starting lip smacking(??if related to pain or i know can be a symptom of liver failure in pets), she was put to rest on the 17th. I guess i just needed to put my “2cents in” about your “harsh” comment on someone looking for your advice, but your right, you have no relationship with the owner, just the pet! Take care.

        • Reply
          Shelly

          I understand this post is a year old but I am hoping you see my comment. As a Dr online for advice I find you to be a bit rude. Why would you tell someone to give their pet up? I don’t recall this person saying they couldn’t afford to have the pet treated or wasn’t going to. In my opinion, you aren’t very helpful. And I’m not just referring to this particular person but to most people you have replied to. I believe a cashier at Petsmart may be more knowledgeable than you.

          • Dr. Stewart

            I’m sorry you feel that way. I appreciate your opinion, and have “allowed” your comment through. (There is a way to filter and ignore on these blogs, but I did not do that to yours.) However, I answer over 100 questions for free a week, in my own time, for the good of SOME pets. Maybe the answers are short, and maybe they can be unhelpful but if someone asks me what to do with an animal pouring maggots out of an orifice, vomiting and having diarrhea while being lethargic after eating a known toxin, then tells me they can not bring the animal to a vet….. how do you suggest I help them? I have no relationship with the animal or the owner so I have to keep the answers vague and the majority of these animals need to see a vet, not google for help. HOWEVER, I would like to offer what little help I can because clearly the people on this blog have questions, concerns, and problems that are serious. I wish I could see all these animals and help them, but that is obviously not possible. I understand the realities of life and the fact that some people can not afford veterinary care, but I refuse to accept that their animals should suffer horribly for that. Read the bulk of the questions. They are vague and usually detail lacking with a few snippits of information to explain a serious medical condition. Not an ideal way to answer a vet question but I continue to answer them when I can help. Many I can not. I’m not sure which comment you are replying to ( I can not see that in the response thread.) But I would love a better answer from your Petsmart cashier, I am always open to learning new things. Trust me it would be much easier and less time to not answer any questions. These are not clients or even regional people that will come to the clinic for vet care. These are strangers who need advice and after 3000+ replies there seems to clearly be a need. Feel free to not heed my advice on these pages, sorry you found them unhelpful. However, I will continue to answer questions FOR FREE and try to help strangers online for their pets best interest.

          • Liz

            You bleeding hearts need to think of the welfare of the animal. Stop with your whining, use your credit card to help pay for the vet. Then pay off the card. If you love the animal and they are in pain the only kind thing to do is euthanize it.
            I kept my beautiful dog alive as long as I could until the cancer destroyed her leg and then I only realized I was being selfish by keeping her alive so I could see her and love her one more day! Now she is waiting for me on the rainbow bridge.

      • Reply
        Chelsea

        It’s probably tape worms… They are tiny white worms that come out of the anus. You can get pills to treat them at Petsmart. About $30.

        • Reply
          Olivia

          I thought tape worms were real long.

          • Dr. Stewart

            In the dog they can be, but not when they reproduce and come out of the dog. They are short segments.

      • Reply
        Tammy

        Yes you need to get you’re dog to the vet so they can put it down.Because it is to late.And you’re genypig is to late to save it.I had a male genypig.He was fine when I whent to work no flys was by him come home and he was pass away.He was full of magets

  2. Reply
    Lisa

    I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and lately we are getting so many animals in with either maggot eggs or live maggots on them. Egg removal we know how to do; for the maggots, we have been advised to flush with dilute Capstar, combing with a flea comb, and/or picking off with tweezers, and also using Capstar by mouth to eliminate any that may have gone internal (into anus, etc.). However, lately we are also seeing them in animals’ eyes! So far a squirrel and a raccoon. Any recommendations to safely remove live maggots from the eye? Also raccoon had them deep into the ear canal (worst case we’ve ever seen; unfortunately she did not survive). Not our favorite time of the year, to say the least. Since the Capstar is a little costly, is there anything else we can apply topically to kill the maggots?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Wow, gross in a really cool way. I do not have any better solution for maggot removal from the eye. The good news is they usually are somewhat helpful in removing the dead tissue, the bad news is they are gross and can also do harm. We often use a diluted peroxide mixture to remove them topically. This seems to really make them release, and bubble to the surface of a wound or pocket. Otherwise…..flush flush flush (and the capstar works too).

      • Reply
        Lisa

        Thanks. Unfortunately what we are seeing is on healthy baby animals, so the maggots are doing quite a bit a damage. Squirrel is on the mend, although the eye is a total loss. Will keep him on antibiotics while it reabsorbs. Wound the maggots left was about the size of a quarter, which on a five week old baby squirrel was fairly large, in the groin/flank area. Impossible to bandage, so we are treating with collagen-based wound care to help speed granulation and also applying Silvadene, which seems to be working quite well. Luckily had not penetrated past muscle layer. This is our least favorite time of the year to be sure! In the meantime, we will be stocking up again on Capstar.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Keep up the good work. Sounds gross in a cool way. Although we do see maggots on “healthy” animals, they are usually not penetrating (like in the fur around a wound or trying to climb to the wound.) This sounds pretty bad in such a little animal. Was it recumbent and got a sore? That is the other time we see maggots in “healthy” animals. If they are too tightly caged, or trapped and can not move well, or down in a limb. Interesting what you are seeing. Good luck, and try flushing with diluted peroxide. It is not great for wounds (we never use it for wounds) but it can flush out maggots.

      • Reply
        Melissa

        I belong to a cat group and one woman is telling people to put capstar in the anus of kittens or cats….since the anus absorbes differently & more rapidly, and the capstar is designed to be take orally isn’t this unsafe? This would be to help with the maggot issue and if a kitten or cat can not swollow cause it is so wrak or sick. I think if its to this point rapid vet care and fluids are needed and any pesticide ciyld have a detemential effect on a kitten this ill. Although could be the toxins the maggots are releasing into the tissue causing the illness so its a catch 22…..Have you heard of this? Please advise…

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          I have heard of this and have even done it: UNDER VERY CONTROLLED SITUATIONS with the cat on IV fluids and getting all the necessary treatment. The dying maggots can really cause a lot of toxin release and the kitten “likely” can absorb the capstar rectally but it is no guarantee. If a kitten can not eat and they are covered in maggots then vet treatment is truly the best and maybe only option. Rectal capstar can work for maggots, but then you have a really sick kitten left. BEWARE of what you read in cat groups. Good question. On a side note: the company that makes capstar claims it is not toxic to mammalian cells (only insects like fleas and maggots) so the toxic nature of the drug in morbidly sick animals is debatable. We often use it in animals that I would not give conventional pesticides to. Just FYI.

  3. Reply
    Penny

    Neighbor kid brought me a tiny manx kitten- 1st day removed a normal looking “sticky turd” from rear end- 2nd day very matted and washed off- 3rd day same problem but found large maggots just inside the rectum. Removed visable maggots and checked as far as I could into the rectum. Kitten now walks around hunched over, strains but has a near constant feces drip. Been keeping him clean and skin around anus is healing well and that nasty “rotten” smell is gone. Kitten does not act like he feels well. Could there be more creepies inside that I am missing? I wormed him with Pyrantal a couple of days ago. Can not afford a vet until next week and the 2 local shelters want to euthanize becaue he is so little and has had those problems they do not want to deal with and is too oung to adopt right now. I am guessing he is about 7 weeks old.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I cant give you too much more to do with this kitten. I would highly recommend a vet visit. You might be able to have the shelter look at it for free, but not euthanize .You should certainly bring it there if it looks painful. Please have a professional look at the kitten. It might have internal colon or rectal problems, and these can be very difficult to deal with. The other possibility is that you are seeing tapeworms or other internal parasites and not maggots.

  4. Reply
    gspal

    I was searching the net for maggot infested wounds in dogs. Your site explains the necessity of keeping pets clean and dry. I also came across another article at http://indianpariahdog.blogspot.in/2009/03/first-aid-for-street-dogs-how-to-treat.html where I had posted a query on there being any necessity of prescribing Moxipil 250 gm tabs twice a day to a less than 10 kg abandoned maggot infested dog that has already undergone 5 days of continuous treatment at vet clinic of cleaning and dressing along with injections of Moxipil and Ivermectin. We are now doing the dressing at home.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Interesting BLOG from India….. might not be totally relevant, but interesting.

  5. Reply
    karishma

    my dog is suffering from maggots in mouth. is it too serious? i m taking him to vet tmrw because i saw it just now. is it smthin very serious?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      This is very serious. Seek veterinary care asap.

      • Reply
        Casey

        i just had the same problem.maggots in my dog’s mouth, gum to be specific. since the vet won’t be open until the next day, what can i do to prevent the maggots from digging deeper, or make my dog less irritated or painful, or anything else to aid the situation until i’m able to get a vet’s help?

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Not much else I can think of, except get the dog to a vet as soon as possible.

  6. Reply
    Ahad

    my cat is disabled and can’t use her back legs. I had to go out of town for a few days and came back to see maggots coming out of the rectum are and had created a tunnel in the flesh. i took out as many maggots as i could with tweasers. Please guide my what can i do to take care of it as i live in a small town and there are no vets.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Wow, these questions get harder and harder to answer. There is no good answer here. Why are her back legs not working? Are the maggots still there? Are they eating dead flesh or are they slowly killing her? She might have way more problems going on that we do not know about. Ok, cats with back legs not working are often caused by saddle thrombus (see other post), but it could also be trauma, infection, cancer or other causes. The maggots are there because she can not clean herself or get rid of them and she is probably dragging her rear and getting infections. First, make your best effort to seek a vet. This cat might need to be humanely euthanized, if that is not an option you can try to flush the wound with soapy water and keep her rear end clean. I would not allow her outside and do my best to keep her rear end clean and dry. Find a vet would be my best solution. This is not fair to the kitty.

      • Reply
        Waverly

        I have a baby Northern Mocking bird and his parents, both mom and dad, are here. Yesterday I found out that the baby bird has maggots in all areas of its face, such as: He has maggots all over his forehead, nostril, beak corners, and in a space behind his eyes. I got tweezers and took the see-able maggots out and killed the maggots I got out, but today the maggots were replaced again. The baby bird is 3-5 weeks old, and is a fledgling. I want this baby bird to survive since he is the only surviving baby his parents have left. Please tell some info of how to take care of him.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Is he eating or drinking? I will admit that I am not a bird expert. I would call a local wildlife shelter, or bird vet for advice. Most birds that have active maggots like you are describing are either cuterebra or bot fly larva. Make sure this is not the case. If so, then internal medication can help and pulling them out will be very helpful. If they are proper maggots then you need to find out why the bird has them… ie is the bird dying or very sick. Call the local wildlife center and they can help identify the maggots or maybe a local vet will give you some free advice for wildlife, they usually will.

  7. Reply
    Jose Travieso

    my dog has maggots in his mouth what can i do or should do?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      It is going to sound like a broken record, but get that dog to a vet. There is nothing I can help you with without loads more info and seeing the dog. Maggots in the mouth is a disaster usually and needs to be seen asap by a professional. Drive, walk, fly to the nearest vet.

  8. Reply
    Rhiannon Kate Murray

    I’m hand rearing some baby birds (mourning doves I think) tiny clear maggots keep appearing in the nesting material. I’m using cut up old curtains and changing them several times a day to keep the babies clean. I’ve checked both birds over carefully and I can’t find any sign of a wound. Is it possible the birds have an internal infestation? They seem healthy otherwise and are eating well and have just started streaching and flapping around.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      No wounds? Could they be worms from their stool? Maybe lice larva? Very strange.

  9. Reply
    Melica

    My dog had ady4 puppies and two of them had. holes and the wound has maggots, I already lost one and dont want to lose the other. I live in jamaica which a vet is very expensive and limited,please. Help

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Why are there holes and wounds? You should flush the wounds with peroxide and clean the wounds with soap and water. If they are very serious there is not too much you can do. If they are superficial you can keep them clean and away from flies and dirt and hope they heal on their own. Can you keep the puppies inside? They should be kept clean and nursing. Other than getting antibiotics and a vet visit, this is your best bet. Good luck!

      On second thought, are the holes small with one worm in them like a cuterebra or bot fly larva? (Google this) If this is the case then you need the vet to look and remove these worms. If they are maggots then cleaning them should help. Good luck!

      • Reply
        Cheyenne

        Have this situation too. Out of 4 puppies, only 1 is alive and kicking. The problem is, his urinary is damaged because his urine goes out in his anus already and the skin around his penis is often moist. I am always trying my best to keep it dry, cos he always pee from time to time and I think he is already critical yet he still wants to drink milk oftentimes, and would move like nothing hurts. (I am not sure if all the maggots inside his belly was gone, but the hole was really deep) Please pray he dies quickly and would not make a loud cry. Thank you.

  10. Reply
    roxy

    my cat came home today, and his paw has swollen and has an open wound on his arm. a few days back that wound caught maggots , which pulled out with a tweezer and cleaned with an antiseptic, applied antibacterial cream and wrapped a bandage around it. it started to recover and so the holes inside the wound where maggots thrived from were gone, leaving it nice and pink. however today i saw that it has swollen. plz tell me what i can do at home to prevent and protect my cat from maggots!? all creams and oral medicines. i can’t take him to the vet as the shop is closed right now, plus it’s way to expensive! already i’ve taken him several times in the past, making my parents furious !

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds like there is something else going on. You seem to have treated it well, but if it is still swollen and getting worse you need to see a vet. Sometimes all the cream and time you put into these cases are more costly than just seeing a local vet. Maggots in a cat abscess are not normal and are indicators of potentially something very bad. This cat needs oral antibiotics and a good vet exam. Sorry I can not be more help. See if the local vet will trade you services for cleaning the office or something?

  11. Reply
    roxy

    thankyou for your advice :) but the country i live in, kids do’nt do local, or odd jobs such as cleaning,news paper delivery,mowing the lawn etc, i wish i could but it actually servant work, which if i do will harm our family reputation !:( hence, just tell me if i can give him augmenton(anti biotic) , as i gave him last time on my vets prescription and he recovered ! fortunately ur a doctor too, so plz just tell me the medicine and its dosage ! pleaaasee ! i’d be grateful !

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I can not give you a diagnosis or dosage for a prescription drug. Augmentin is not the drug we use in cats here, it is a veterinary version called Clavamox that we recommend (a different mixture of drugs in the pill.) I would call your vet and ask him what you gave last time, this should not cost any money. Good luck. There is a strict limit as to what I can recommend without seeing you pet.

      • Reply
        roxy

        okay, thanx :)

  12. Reply
    chelsea

    Hi there.

    My cat was outside today and i noticed a lot of flies around her tail area. I shooed them and noticed tiny little yellow what i think are eggs. I washed her with soapy water and combed out any more that were hanging on.

    There arr a few more still around her vagina but i read that they hatch in 1-3 days. Would the bath have killed them? If i bath her agaon tomorrow and keep her inside will that do the trick? I had a good look at the eggs and there is no movement in them. They look like specs of hay almost.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      This sounds like lice, or maybe maggot eggs. A good bath and maybe a gentle flea bath should do the trick. Try to get as many off as possible. If she is healthy and wound free the maggots should not be a problem….the lice might be a pain. Good luck.

  13. Reply
    Cherie

    I have a 10yr old OES who is clipped. He had a dirty bottom yesterday & I washed it. His behavior has been a bit different overnight & today when I got home from work I realized he had another dirty bottom. when I looked closely I saw he had some maggots in the anus area and under his tail docking area. I have thoroughly cleaned this now and surrounding areas. The skin is red and I have applied Dettol (which a vet has previously told me kills maggots & their eggs). I am confident I have treated this well. I have some Cephalexin and want to give it to him to treat any potential bacterial infection from the maggots. Would this help him?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Why is he getting maggots? Can you isolate a wound or sore? Try to keep the area dry and clean with soap and water multiple times a day. I can not advise to give the cefalexin without seeing the dog, but some form of antibiotic would be advised. Keeping the area clean and dry is a priority, dettol will work but is very harsh on the skin and this should we watched for a rash, and the underlying cause should be addressed. I would try your regiment for a little and if you see no improvement or it is getting worse then go to a vet immediately.

      • Reply
        Cherie

        Oes are prone to getting faeces caught in their coat. He has always had an issue and he is docked right back with a thick coat so that doesn’t help. I have my first one with a tail and it seems they stay far cleaner with the tail. Thanks for the advice

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Got it, so it should be easy to keep that area clipped short and clean. We routinely clean and shave that area for dogs (and cats) and especially OES, Bearded Collies, Poodles, GR, BMD and other long hair breeds. This should be easy to fix and the wounds should heal. Be careful when you shave it not to damage the skin more! Good luck.

  14. Reply
    Marina

    I just Found my puppy(a month old) with her left ear full if maggots. I don’t have money to take the pier girl to the vet I don’t know what To do?!!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You need to get her to an SPCA or a vet. This will just be the start of her medical bills and if you can not afford her care, you should probably find a home or a place that will care for her. Owning a dog is a big financial responsibility and not something to ignore. Sorry, but this sounds serious and there will be more problems in the future.

      • Reply
        t

        I have a puppy who’s about 2weeks with maggots in her ear I flushed it with peroxide and rubbing alcohol and the maggots are coming out enough for me to remove them should I still take her to a vet and is there a possibility that they can travel to her brain

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          YES go to a vet!!! I’m not worried about her brain but she is suffering and there is another problem going on. GO TO A VET!

  15. Reply
    sherri

    My puppy was attacked by Pitt Bull Dogs two days ago..we took him to emergency vet.. they flushed and stitched many wound… he is on two antibiotics and pain meds… we found maggots in his open puncture wounds.. taking back to get tomorrow.. what can they do?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Good questions. The vet can further flush the wounds and give you specific flush to use at home. It seems strange to have maggots in a treated wound, but it is possible if the wound was left before going to the vet. It might just take time to heal. Keep the puppy inside away from flies as well. If the dog starts to heal, there should not be any more maggots. Good luck.

  16. Reply
    Amahar

    My cat is suffering from maggots in his mouth. I took him to the vet twice and they do nothing but just fill the infected area with a cream. They are not removing the maggots not even on my request. And they are not even recommending any medicine.please help.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I would certainly try another vet. They should be be able to flush the maggots out and give the cat antibiotics. Maggots in the mouth is a very serious problem and needs to be addressed. Sorry.

  17. Reply
    Sam

    My vet said that my dog’s poop smelled like it had larva in it……what does that mean? I have not seen any…..and how would a dog that does not go outside and get in other’s business get larva in her poop?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Not sure what that means… did the vet say anything about tasting larva in the poop? Just kidding. I have never heard of this. Dogs can get worms from their mothers or even just from licking the bottom of shoes if they themselves do not go outside. Not sure about the smell. That is a new one.

  18. Reply
    Deb

    I wish I had found this site sooner. I thought my 10 year old Pyrenees had worms so I gave him dewormer but they were still there so I gave him an expensive one that covers tapeworm too. He had a messy bottom so I bathed him as best I could about a month ago, and rinsed him off several times since. He seemed to feel fine until a few days ago. He is an outside dog but has a large area to roam. When I looked closer the worms had multiplied greatly and were now in his coat above his tail too. His coat is very thick. I took him to vet right away. They weren’t worms but maggots. The vet said since the maggots had been in rectum so long there would be too much internal damage. I had to put him down. What I thought were worms were maggots and in my ignorance allowed my beautiful boy to be infested beyond treatment. I’m posting this so no one else will make the same mistake.

  19. Reply
    darlene chrysler

    thank you for giving reassuring advice… i came here to look for more info on maggots in a cats vagina…my medium length orange tabby… yesterday she was little unclean in the bum area… cleaned her up and off she went. just her pride crushed. this morning again unclean totally unlike her but i thought she had worms…. cleaned up this afternoon…grosses thing have ever seen … phoned the vet had surgery and medicine and a bare bum area…. i hope never to see that again

  20. Reply
    Adrea

    Hi Dr. Stewart,
    I have an Indian runner duck that got a pretty nasty raccoon bite on its back about a month ago. I flushed the wound and applied. ointment/wrapped it daily. I let her got back outside after about a week when a solid scab had formed and there was no indication of infection. Since then I briefly examine the wound every few days to ensure it is still healing well. the scab had gotten down to the size of a dime l. howeve, i noticed she was limping. Maggots have gotte,n intoher eg. while flushing them out I began to see spots all over her body where maggots have star ted eating healthy tissue. I spent 2 hours flushing them out but I’m sure I missed some. ould Ivermectin help and be safe for a duck.Is there anything else you suggest I do?
    Thanks,
    Adrea

    • Reply
      Adrea

      P.S. Sorry for the all the typo-s. I was trying to write this from my phone.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Great question. I think Ivermectin has limited action against maggots that are in healthy tissue, but I am honestly not a duck person. We give capstar sometimes if we want to kill the small maggots in mammals. There must be another problem going on if maggots have invaded the healthy tissues of the duck. This is a serious problem. Is there an exotic or poultry vet in the area? I have treated birds with ivermectin for Bot Fly larva and it seemed to help, so it might be worth a shot. Can you keep cleaning with peroxide or another flushing agent to get the maggots out? I would be concerned. Good luck. see if you can get to a poultry vet.

      • Reply
        Zara

        Hi
        hope you can help. My pup has had runny poo since I got him 1 time a bit of bloody mucus. 2day he was chewing somthing and it was a maggot an then I found 4 more on his bed they looked like big not baby maggots he did not go outside 2day to pick them up I’m worried.

        Thank you

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Very hard to respond to this. I think you geen to get him to a vet as soon as possible. If he has runny stool and maggots there is a major problem. Bathe him well and see if you can find the source of the maggots and get him some good food and dewormer in the time it takes to get to a vet. He needs a vet. Sorry.

  21. Reply
    Terri

    We have a cat who is not really disabled, but his back legs had to be pinned back together after an unkown accident that crushed both back knees. he gets around well, even partially climbs trees. But he is quite thin on the back end now, losing muscle tone and tonight we called him (he is an indoor outdoor cat, arrived here as a stray several years ago) and found fly eggs (no maggots that I found) on his back and back legs… he went immediately to the bath for a thorough scrub down nad then a brush and combing… as we were combing I can see clumps of the sticky eggs, most of which we got out, but singles still remain. We plan to go thru the process again tomorrow – what else can I do to help this guy? He was treated for digestive worms this spring… should I re-treat? Vinegar rinse? I just don’t know what to do…

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I think you are on the right path. Depending on where you live and seasonality of the flies you might only have to be vigilant in the summer. Hopefully the larva (maggots) will not attach into healthy skin. There are some that do and there are even bot and cuterebra flies that are really problematic with healthy skin. You might try Frontline or another anti-insectacide topical to help with the flies or maybe a diluted citronella spray. They are making great advances in flea and tick collars and drops and I would assume these will work well. Good questions, good luck.

  22. Reply
    Maria

    My tenant left her kitchen garbage can outside her door (instead of taking it to the curb) during temperatures over 100°C. There were maggots crawling on the floor right inside her door and on the ground just outside her door. I noticed that her cat has a skin irritation of some kind. Could the maggots get on the cat and cause disease? Thank you!

    • Reply
      Maria

      Sorry that should have read over 100°F, not C!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Good questions. I guess if there was an open wound it is possible but very unlikely. The maggots that eat flesh are not the same as the ones that eat fruit and garbage (usually) and contact like that is very rare. I would think a quick clean up and a cat bath would do the trick. I have never heard of this type of infection. Good questions.

      • Reply
        t.powell

        pls help.i have alot of maggotts appeared from rubbish bags being in heat.how can i descretely and quickly get rid of them thats also safe for my dog??also can these maggotts infect or have or do anything to her if she does come accross any in the garden whilst out doing her business and noseing round.im worried to let her go out there.pls pls help asap!!

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          It is very unlikely that maggots from the trash will infect the dog. It might indicate bad food and bad meat nearby which will make her sick if she gets into that, but the maggots should not harm her. Just clean the area up and you should be ok.

  23. Reply
    ajoplin

    I found 4 puppies that I’m guessing are about a week old. I’ve been bottle feeding them for almost a week now and I just noticed maggots when they use the bathroom and around their back legs. I’ve used tweezers to remove all that I saw and I haven’t noticed anymore .. I’m really worried and not sure what to do. Is there anything I can do to help them?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Bring them to the vet. These are less likely maggots and more likely intestinal worms coming out of them. Bring them to the vet or the SPCA or another shelter to be properly looked after. There is nothing I can tell you to do because they need more than just simple care.

  24. Reply
    Carrie

    Hi Dr. S,
    My Beautiful Wolfeee wonder dawg was attacked by the g*d flies this spring… horrible. she was ‘circling’ for days… and her hind end was giving out… but, i didn’t make the connection till the 2nd or 3rd day… (((she was weak and in shock and i found them when i rolled her over when grooming her… terrible shock… for me… in all her years i had/have never encountered ‘maggots’.))). she has been ‘healing’ since may!!!!!!! mid~may. the vet shaved her and she did the round of anti~biotics fine. and i have had to re~fill the TOPICAL anti~bacterial once now. but, MY QUESTION is: should it be taking this long to heal??????????????????? the wound was on her Left Hip… and the ‘vet’ didn’t give her more than a few days to LIVE… (((that’s how close to death’s door she was))). i turn her every few hours and change her pee pads and fleece blanket top coat ((trying to prevent any ‘bed soars’ and other ‘weaknesses in her hide’… it isn’t red or swollen — but, still not ‘closed’. it was terribly deep and almost the size of a 50 cent piece. and it slowly repaired. and the hide did close eventually… but the new hide is now still weak and not closed … will that new hide fall off (since it’s opened again…???)??? my girl will be 16 in september. i hope she makes it to her birthday and beyond. (((she became incontinent of few summers ago… but, other than that she has been tremendously active and healthy her whole life.))). it took me a long time to figure out how to keep her ‘dry’… but, i finally did… thru the horror of the flies… puppy pee pads (bed pads for ‘elderly’) off of EBAY and the fleece blankets on top… to create more of a barrier and cushion have been beyond beneficial.!. (none of the vet prescribed ‘incontinence’ or wholistic treatments have helped with that one issue ::(((. i just want to keep her comfortable and safe thru our last days/months/beyond while she’s here… and i hope that that wound will CLOSE eventually! thank you for her insights and information. you are very helpful.
    sincerely,
    me and mama doggie

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I’m confused as to what caused the wound. If it is a sore from not being able to get up or a wound under a hair mat that had maggots in a 16 year old large breed dog, then I would think the wound might not ever heal. If it was a wound from injury or trauma then there is a chance of it healing. It sounds like she is incontinent and maybe unable rise, these dogs often will not heal well at all. You will have to manage the wound as open for a while and hope a thin fragile piece of scar tissue will cover the wound. Make sure she is comfortable and remember it is not the length of life that is important but the quality of life. I would hate to keep a dog alive that can not rise or move just for the sake of doing that. Good luck.

      • Reply
        leah

        I have a female Australian shepherd and as everyone has noted it has been a terrible year for flies. My horses, cows, goats and apparently my dogs are suffering as well. My aussie is heavy coated and typically we have no problems, however Iv noticed her liking like she needed to go potty and nothing happening. This setfoff alarms and I put on my glove tonight to do a light internal inspection and find maggots in her rectum. This is only intensified by the fact that she just had puppies two days ago. I didn’t think they got in to the rectum that quickly and this is the first day Iv seen any change in behavior. She’s is a working dog and hates to be up so we allowed her to have the pups outside. I know I need to take her to the vet, but is there anything I can do in the meantime to make her comfortable? I am a vet tech by profession with over eight years experience, but am currently unemployed due to having my first child. So I am slightly embarrassed this happened….please help. Basically, other than an antibiotic, can u flush them out internally via external methods? Enema, saline flush, light peroxide flush, iodine, etc…Just curious as to the effects vs the potential side effects. I’m already going to clean the area and clip her. Thank u for your time and I appreciate any suggestions.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          I cant imagine why they would be in her rectum??? Is there dead tissue there? Are you sure it is not pin worms, or tapeworms? Tapeworms are more likely and look like maggots. If it is true maggots then you need to figure out why they are there. A sedated exam and see if there is a rectal tear? You can try an enema to flush them out, but I cant imagine that will work and the dog will be very unhappy. Anything other than saline or water with a drop of soap is a bad idea. Make sure they are really maggots and not tapeworms then visit a vet asap. If they are tapeworms, that is an easy pill but you have to make sure the medicine is ok for nursing mothers. The vet can give you stronger medication that will help if they are maggots.

          • matthew

            Hey. I have a cat that is 9 months. He had got hurt by a car. His tail is broken in the middle. He was healing up fine until last night I found maggots had ate a hole in his tail. What do I do? I put peroxide on it but am not sure what else.

          • Dr. Stewart

            Bring him to a vet. He needs the wound opened and cleaned and antibiotics.

          • Stephanie

            My yorkie was attacked by a pit yesterday. We thought he was gone but he showed up on our porch this morning with a couple of wounds and bugs all over him. They appear to be mites of some kind. I have given him a bath and washed and comes some off of him. Any suggestions? Vet won’t see him BC I have no money.

          • Dr. Stewart

            Probably fleas?? Keep him clean and keep cleaning him with some sort of flea and tick shampoo, that might help. Make sure the bites are not bad or getting infected. Read the previous thread for specific bite advice.

  25. Reply
    Carrie

    thanks so much. i wondered if the ‘wound’ would ever heal. my girl can still get up !!! and has an appetite too… but, yes the ‘incontinence’ i was told ‘weakens’ the hide. and when she was healing from the maggot attack (it was DEEP) … i would lay her on the ‘good side’… that ended up causing sores that have since healed. but, now i rotate her when she sleeps to keep her comfortable. she is on 75 mg of Deramaxx and 100 mg of Gabapentin/ per day. but, with the original wound still not healed… i just don’t know anymore. whhwwww thanks very much. she is my first dog… and it is pretty heart breaking and hard to let go… her eyes are still bright and she is still present.!. (((::))) but, the last couple days… she is definitely breathing harder and not sleeping as well as usu. xoUs

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Good luck! Ask you vet about more Gabapentin, that is a very flexible drug to dose and cheap.

  26. Reply
    Carole

    This morning my neighbor motioned me to come over,(she was actually several houses down as she was on her wayto church. Anyway, I saw the plastic bin she was holding and my heart sank knowing that what was in there were either kittens or puppies.
    They were kittens. One was dead and the other two have maggots. They are young with eyes barely open. One of them have maggots in the rectum as well as somerather large sores on both sides near the tail. The other one is not quite as bad but does have maggots in rectom I bathed them in a mild soap and water and hand picked maggots best I could, I have a feeling the one will need euthanasia, but would to save the other one.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Good luck, bring them to the vet asap or the vet ER

  27. Reply
    Michele

    I just noticed that my dog has maggots in a hole in her ear. She has been itching for a few days. She has thick hair so I only just now found the hole. Can I wait till the morning to get her to a vet or should I get her to an emergency center?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Good question. It might have been there a few days and so another day might not be a problem. The sooner the better. You can probably wait, but the dog is most likely uncomfortable and the sooner it is fixed the better. It depends on your money and time and how much the dog is suffering. Good luck.

  28. Reply
    Ludwig

    Last night we noticed a small wound on my dog’s nose, was worried and brought her to the vet this morning and found out that there’s maggots. We’re instructed to flush it out using peroxide and combinex. We already took out 10 rice sized maggots. She was also given amoxicillin syrup for the infection. Would like to know your opinion if this is enough or what else should we do, like medicines or ointments needed.. thank you!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      That should be enough, but if it doesn’t work you might have to sedate her and open the wound up to get a better flush. I know people use systemic flea medications to kill maggots but you probably do not need these at this point. If you vet thinks that will work, I agree. Good luck and YUCK!

  29. Reply
    Carrie

    hi doc.
    still nursing my (almost 16yr old) girl’s wound. and i keep fly spray on her when she’s outside (to keep the gnats and flies away). i had her sleeping on her bed in the garage…(afternoon nap otherwise i keep her inside to sleep with me…) but, it was a gorgeous day and she was up and at ’em. so when she wanted to rest i thought — so gorgeous outside and she’s got all the spray on her. ok. well i look in on her after an hour or TWO and those g*d FLIES are on her PAWS ((( the only place i didn’t ‘spray’ (((i focus on her toosh and hips and back legs and tail))).
    why would they be on her front legs ???/PAWS!!!! so i trimmed all the fir between her toes… and brushed her and brushed her (b/c i don’t know where else they may have gone???). but, i found the start of the maggots ((( the white fuzzie little ‘nests’s))) on one paw for sure. i immediately brought her inside to her bed … and continued to clean and brush her… and cleaned btw. her toes … ?… why!? i am going to
    put her in the bathtub tomorr. and hope i got them before they get her… i just can’t believe it.

  30. Reply
    Heidi

    I have a 2 week old calf, that has had the scours.. Bum is wet of course, but very weak and stopped eating.. Ears were cold, so I decided to check her temp.. When I lifted her tail found and open wound at her base of her tail, and maggots surrounding her anus.. Freaked out and took her temp, 101.7…. Saw a maggot crawl out of her butt.. Doused her with 7% iodine all around her tail n anus.. We are an organic farm, flies being one of our biggest nuissences. How do I tell if they have invaded her intestines, and can I treat her with anything organically? I heard flush with mineral oil to drown the maggots, I just have never encountered this before..

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I really know nothing about cows. Call a vet, this sounds like you need a vet.

  31. Reply
    R shupe

    Hi iv got a iv got a pet squirrel. I rescued him a little over two years ago when he fell out of his nest when he was just a infant. He was so small he didnt have much fur and his eyes and ears werent even open yet. He looked like a little bald headed baby rat. His tail looked more like a rats tail then a cute bushy squirrell tail. Anyways I bottle fed him almost every hour dureing the day and every two hours at night. I got some kind of milk replacement powder you mix with water at the pet store. I kept his box sitting on a heating pad to keep him warm. That was over twoyears ago iv loved and taken care of him ever since iI found him. He is tame as a kitten he jumps on my leg and climbs right up to my shoulder. Now today I noticed a small hole in his skin back near his bottom I think he has a magot or worm burrowed down in there with him being a squirrell that im not legally suppose to have I cant rush him to my vet. What can Ido for him? My dog is recovering from an ear infection and iI have some antibiotics left over is it safe to give a small amount to my squirrell? The antibiotic my dog is on is called keflex.
    If anyone has any advice please let me know. My email is katdonavon@gmail.com

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I would contact a local wildlife rescue, and you can call a local vet to ask advice and if they would see you. I really do not know much about squirrels. Try a local zoo if there is nothing else.

  32. Reply
    Donna

    My son left hot dogs in his tackle box and we ended up with maggots–a lot of them. We hosed down the box, squished a bunch, sprayed a bunch with Roundup and threw boiling water on them as well. I’m worried about the ones that got away. I have an 8 week old puppy and unfortunately, my son dumped the maggots right by our back door where the pup goes in and out to relieve himself. Any advice?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Dont worry about it. The dog would need an open wound that is exposed for it to be a problem…. Roundup? They are not weeds! :)

  33. Reply
    Alex

    My dog Is 8 and I found out her food was infested with maggots the bowl has been there for at a week and my dog has been acting different than she usually is so I just want to know if she’s going to be ok

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Can not say. If there were maggots in her food then the food was bad and she will likely have GI upset and diarrhea. This will not lead to maggots in her stomach, but the bad food can lead to all sorts of stuff. Change her food (duh) and see how she does. Bring her to your vet if you see diarrhea or vomiting. Make sure she eats well and drinks well and has no other clinical signs from bad food.

  34. Reply
    Brandi

    I have a female dog that had a blanket in her kennel it was clean when I put it in her kennel. She was let out in the morning and I was gone for 6 hrs and she had an accident on her blanket. She is pregnant and due Oct 15th. When I took the blanket out there were maggots under it everywhere. My question is can it hurt the puppies? There were only 30 maggots there and weren’t any where else. I gave her a bath and checked her all over and didn’t find any on her.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Are you sure they were not ant larva or something living under the blanket? I would have that kennel very clean before the puppies arrive, but I’m not sure there is anything else you can do now if the mother dog has no wounds. Just keep watching.

  35. Reply
    babygurl

    I gave my 10 month old pit bull chicken wings she seemed fine but the last 2 days she is very different drooling from mouth barely. Eating and vomiting up thick white mucus. I cant afford to take her to the vet i tried white rice but she wont eat it. And now flies are attacking. Her tail and anus. Please help i dont want to loose her…

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      She might have a wing stuck in her throat or mouth? Is she vomiting? If she has never been to a vet or vaccinated she might have parvo or worms…. there are too many options here. I would breing her to the SPCA and get her checked out or risk losing her. Flies attacking her rear does not sound good.

  36. Reply
    Jan

    We found tons of maggots in Our 14 year old shepherd mix tonight. We were able to remove many. We plan to bring him to the vet in the morning. Since some of them are falling off of him, do I need to be concerned about our other 2 dogs getting infected? Can the maggots infect us?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      They will only infect you if you have open wounds, immune system problems or get them in a very sensitive place. Clean them up and keep the dog clean and away from the other dogs. Good luck at the vet.

  37. Reply
    Charlotte

    I have an 11 month old teacup Maltese…I have found what look like maggots in her stool…I took a sample to the vet yesterday and they just called to say she doesn’t have worms…that a fly must have laid the eggs on her stool…that is simply impossible, because I retrieved her stool immediately after she dropped it…the worms are about a half inch long…my sister first spotted them when we were out of town over the weekend…because of the extent of the rainy weather we have had over the summer, there was an abundance of flies this season…she is of course an inside dog…but she chases the flies when she sees them…could she have ingested fly larva from flies in this manner??? I explained to the vet over the phone that the worms were already in her stool when I retrieved it for him, so he has asked me to bring her in this afternoon…but my question is the same, could she have ingested live fly larva from chasing flies in the house???

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Very very very unlikely. Probably Tape worms and the sample they ran did not have any in it. Or the vet never saw the stool and a tech ran it and did not look closely enough. Bring another sample with the worms or just bring her in to be checked up. You can not ingest a fly and get maggots.

  38. Reply
    annie words

    i found a black hole on a feamale aged stray dog’s tail… the hole ws on the tail n as its a big stray dog, i couldnt take hr to the vet. instead i went to a vet medicine shop n they gave a topicure spray n neomac tablt. the hole ws there fr may b 3 4 days bfore i put th medicns on… nw its been 4 days n th hole hs become smaller bt th skin on n bside it hs startd rottening with bad smell n the skin hs bcom white. bt i stil applied th given spray as i saw flies were flying there. the nxt day i saw the white skin decreased bt the red soft skin under her tail came up.. al i wanna knw is it a good sign or bad? her apptite is fully fine.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Very hard to understand this. I think a bad smell and flies is always bad. I would be concerned with severe infection and would try to call an SPCA or some kind of shelter to help you. If nothing around, then I guess you have very few options. Keeping the area clean and flushing it would be my next best then apply what you have. The tablet and spay can only do so much without more care…. sorry

  39. Reply
    tejashwini

    sir, my dog is of 6months old. it has wounds in its two legs. due to some infection worms have spreaded in the wounds. we taken to veternary but its becoming large no use of those sprays. plzz can i get any remedial measures to clear its wounds.. its a black lab category dog

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You need to try a different vet, a vet should be able to get you antibiotics and flush the wounds. Why are there wounds? Why can you not flush out the worms? You need to keep the wounds clean and dry and flush them out. GO to a new vet ASAP.

  40. Reply
    Jay

    All of these issues are strangely similar…
    It is fairly simple. Please do not get pets if you can not afford a Vet.
    Your dog or cat NEEDS TO BE KEPT CLEAN and preferably kept INSIDE. You will be putting that poor animal at risk for pain, suffering and possible death. Animals are innocent; like children. They do not asked you be here. They are 100% dependent on YOU. TAKE CARE OF THEM. I do understand that there are cases where things “happen”, or finances are tough and you can come up with a couple hundred bucks for a vet. There are precautionary measures to take so that you do not have to worry about things like MAGGOTS, yuck. Poor animals. They deserve to be treated like your family. Would you let your child sleep outside? Would you let your child eat rotten food? I would hope not.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Although I tend to agree, I am also happy that people are at least doing an internet study to try to help their pets.

  41. Reply
    Danyell

    Hello, just last night I rescued a baby field mouse from my cat. So far I have fed him three times, following an every few hour regiment. I’ve also helped it to go potty after roughly twenty minutes after the feeding, today I bathed it gently with a q tip, I got off an almost ear wax colored stuff off its side, can’t tell if it has a puncture there or not. I have a fear it may be crippled in one leg, or at least injured and have a fear it might contract maggots. Sadly my vet will not look at it since it is a wild animal. Advice, help?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Call a wildlife center, or an SPCA if you think it can be saved. If they will not see it and you are concerned about re-release then ask your vet for humane euthanasia. If your vet refuses…. honestly…..switch vets. In all my years of general and emergency practice I would HIGHLY discourage wildlife care and advise against people brining wild animals in to the clinic due to disease, liability (rabies) and my basic lack of knowledge… however, I would never turn a sick field mouse down for humane and correct euthanasia. Very rarely are these animals releasable and usually it is not fair to keep them as pets. Please make a good decision. By the way, this is not the cat’s fault, it is what outdoor cats do. Keep cats indoors unless you are trying to eradicate native wildlife in barns and other areas (like rats and mice.)

  42. Reply
    Jaaydev

    Hi…I have a German Shepherd and the ears is infected(maggots) ..it releases a bad smell , this is the second time my dogs ears is like this…the first time I brought my dog to the vet I applied the medicine it became ok….now again there is smell, so far now I have been cleaning the ears with cotton and applying Surolan(this medicine I got from my vet the last time my dog had the same problem)…should I continue cleaning????

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I would bring him back to the vet and get oral antibiotics and a stronger topical antibiotic and a better cleaner. There is no reason to have infected ears that get maggots. You can also have a surgery performed that will really help with this problem. The surgery is if the other treatments have failed. Have the ears cultured for yeast and bacteria…. bring him to your vet and if you vet is not willing to get more aggressive bring him to a vet that will. This is unacceptable.

  43. Reply
    Jessie

    Dr Stewart, this afternoon I went to my 3 month old puppy daschunds’s food bowl and found maggots. These were not there when I replenished he wet food this morning, and my puppy has eaten most of what I served this morning. I am terribly concerned he may have eaten some of these larvae and might be at risk. Could you please let me know if I need to take him to the vet right away? I clean his bowls every day however it has been incredibly hot here in Oz over the summer and we has the screens open yesterday to let Geoffrey in and out do the house so a fly may have had the opportunity to nest. With thx, Jessie

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I’m not 100% sure about Australia, but I suspect it is the same as here. Eating maggots very rarely if ever is a problem. They are usually digested easily. It is only when they are in open wounds that there is a problem. I would watch for diarrhea or any blood in his stool, but suspect there will be no problem. Just make sure to not leave moist food out too long. I think he will be fine.

  44. Reply
    Jasmine

    My dog recently gave birth 5 days ago. I usually check on them, but skipped a whole day. I recently just checked them yesterday and noticed something very disturbing. I noticed something moving near the boy pups bottom, and so i flipped him over to see what it was. It was the worst thing ive ever seen happen. There were maggots crawling in and out of his bottom. Theyre bottom is turning red, and i know that the maggots are most likely killing them from the inside out. My suspicion is the mother of the pups did not clean the pups bottom after it “used the bathroom” and so maggots formed. I decided to check the remainder pups. the two female pups look fine. but the other boy pup has the same problem. They’re both growing maggots in there bottoms and insides. what do i do?? I dont want the pups in pain or to die from something like this.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      TAKE THEM TO A VET RIGHT AWAY! They are suffering and they will die if left untreated. There is not much you can do after flushing and cleaning the wounds out. Take them to a vet to start antibiotics and have them examined. Flush the area with warm water and then go to the vet asap.

  45. Reply
    vicki

    MAGGOT REMOVAL EASY SOLUTION, VETS WILL NOT TELL YOU ABOUT!

    i have a stray kitten come in , no tail, maggot infestation, too many to pull out
    EASY SULUTION! 50% SALT 50% warm water! if large area & millions, soak cat In solution for few minutes REGULARLY, (ware gloves as the cat may bite like it did me lol)
    do this a few times as many times as needed to kill maggots, they will drop off the animal, NO HARM, NO POISON,. just time to hold the animal in the mix, no rubbing, no, tweezers, no more stress for you & the animal, keep animal away from flies so they cant lay more eggs.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Never tried this. Peroxide works easier than submerging a whole cat! Good luck!

  46. Reply
    Angela

    Please can u help, over the last couple of weeks we have periodically found single live maggots moving around the fur near our cats bum. not sure if they are coming from from her bum or her vagina. She appears fine in herself and we can’t find any obvious wounds and she is keeping herself clean as usual. Any ideas??

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Tapeworms? Or just fur maggots that are trying to penetrate. Try shaving the area for a closer inspection. Keep one and bring it to your vet or a shelter to identify as maggot vs tapeworm.

  47. Reply
    sharline

    Hi Doc please assist my dog had a cut on her leg before i knew it it had started smelling went the 1st day to the vet and it was closed the next day after work i had noticed her entire nail and skin on her paw had fell off the skin is turning black and her bone can be seen i took her to a vet yesterday the vet he clipped of the dead skin put some yellow cream on it and bandaged it when we had asked what was the cause he did not know he had charged us R950.00 for the 1st treatment and requires us to take her back to him every 2 to 3 days which is costing R300.00 to R400.00 every visit for the next 5 to 6 visits please help in advising what can be done my dog has lost almost her entire foot , and this vet is very pricey he says his trying and can not guarantee her foot might be amputated im heart broken seeing her like this i have 2 other dog and all seem to be depressed watching her please assist

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds bad. Sounds like either a crushing injury or a circulation injury. Is there any chance the dog got caught in a wire fence or a trap or a piece of string was wrapped around the leg??? Black skin is dead skin and the fact that the bone is visible is VERY bad. I think the vet is correct that amputation will possibly become an option. I would continue the bandage changes, these are the best you can do without major surgical help or vacuum healing. Oral antibiotics and pain medication seem like they should be started. I’m not sure how much R950 is in dollars but it seems worth the treatment if you want to save the leg or the dog. You need to keep that area moist and healing as best you can and hope the damage is limited. Look for signs of some type of crush or stricture on the leg….those are your most likely culprits. Lots of luck and time might fix her leg, but I would be worried.

  48. Reply
    Ann

    I have two Labrador retrievers. One has been having problems with blocked anal glands. She has been to the vet to have them expressed a few times. She occasionally scoots her butt both indoors and outside. The second dog I observed one time scooting her butt indoors. Both doors have access to my fenced yard and are taken on daily walks. They are currently eating fallen cherries from my cherry tree and seeds from the gumbo limbo trees. The problem: both girls are having mushy stool, some mucous coating AND their stool contains large numbers of dead appearing maggots. I thought it was a worm problem and had my vets office perform a fecal float. No worms, just maggots! I am still waiting to hear from my vet herself. I am quite alarmed by this – how do I treat and how do I prevent a further infestation?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Interesting. I would re-test the stool for tapeworms as these look like maggots and are often not seen on fecal floats. Ask your vet about this. Maggots in the intestinal tract would be a SEVERE if not quickly fatal problem. I doubt this is the problem. Maybe there is a slight chance of an anal gland infection with maggots but again very unlikely in a healthy acting dog. I would MUCH higher suspect worms of some kind then maggots. Please talk to your vet or have a full fresh sample of stool sent out to he lab with worm/maggot samples in it. Please let me know what happens.

  49. Reply
    Joe

    Hi, I’m Joe. I have a 3 year old female German Shepherd. The dog had maggot infestation at its anus right after the heat cycle and it has happened 3 times. Can spaying prevent the future occurrence of maggot infestation after the heat cycle?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry for the late reply, I was on vacation away from a computer. Yes, in that the heat cycle will end after the spay. No more heat cycles and this might help. I have no idea why they would be related, but IF THEY ARE then yes. If the infestation is worms or due to a wound, then the spay will not help at all. If she has a vaginal problem, then likely yes.

  50. Reply
    Nilda Castillo

    My one year old pitbull is an indoor pet and I decided to leave her in the yard for a week a few a hours a day and all of a sudden she got a really nasty rash or bites all over her body till the point where she’s shedding her hair where the bite/ rash is and now she has opened wounds. I don’t know if something is eating her alive because I don’t see anything and unfortunately I live on disability and can’t afford to register my dog much less take her to a vet. I do know that my next door neighbors dog is infested with fleas and my neighbor had the yard sprayed but I don’t know what’s causing this to my dog. She’s not vomiting nor does she have diarrhea, nor scratching so I’m confused as to what is happening to her . I love my dog she’s family and I’m really worried about her can you please help me . please email me nilda0872@gmail.com

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds like you need a vet visit or an ASPCA visit. It could certainly be fleas and a severe flea allergy. This is the most likely scenario. Why did you leave an indoor pet outside? There are many manges and allergies that can do this as well as a staph infection and other parasites. I would try try try to get to a vet for an exam. Sounds like she needs antibiotics and skin work up. Treat the fleas first if they are there. You can start with a good bath/shampoo with a mild dish soap, then examine her for fleas and go from there. Once a day bath or shampoo is the MOST I would do. Oatmeal baths work well too, but in the end a vet visit will e most helpful and maybe save you money on trial and error treatments. Good luck!

  51. Reply
    Joe

    Hi my name is Joe. My 3 year old Rottie was attacked by a pit about 3 days ago. They were going at it for about 30 minutes. She has holes in both arms from the pitbulls bites. She is walking and eating just fine. A little discomfort when she sleeps but today i noticed the holes have maggots coming out of them. I flushed them out with water and peroxide twice and they keep coming back. I won’t be able to get her to the vet until tomorrow. Is there anything i can do to keep the maggots away until then. I feel bad for her. She keeps biting at the wounds. Please help. Thanks in advance.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry for the late reply. I assume you made it to the vet. THIS IS SERIOUS. Maggots are not good in wounds like this and your dog likely needs serious medical attention. You need immediate vet care.

  52. Reply
    Fred D. Michalak

    Hey Doc,
    I just picked up a kitten from the streets today and adopted her got my mom in with the Idea and now she’s doing fine the only thing I’d like to point out was that I picked her up once and later I found a maggot crawling around me arm gave me the jitters at first I was in denial it was the cat but as the day rolled by mom told me the maggot could have come from Raptor’s rear end and I started thinking this isn’t what I want for my new friend or myself I just picked her up around the street in the Philippines and was wondering if I could bring her to a vet but that takes money I don’t have yet was wondering what could be the best thing to do the maggot crawling around my arm wasn’t big mind you and I was just hoping to know if that type of maggot isn’t anything to worry about I’d appreciate any help sir thank you

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry but without seeing the cat or the maggot I can not help much. Best thing is to got to a vet as soon as possible and have the cat checked out. Maybe try to give the cat a good bath and see if there is anything obvious that is causing the maggots. Good luck.

  53. Reply
    Jenn

    My dogs were eating a dead bird that had maggots in it. They both immediately threw up thick muccos with their breakfast. They have continued to throw up periodically throughout the day. Is this something that should pass?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      The maggots are not a problem, but the food richness and rotting bird might cause serious upset stomach and GI problems including pancreatitis. I would watch closely and if not better by tomorrow then bring your dogs into the vet for some GI protection and pancreas monitoring.

  54. Reply
    Jessica

    Hello Dr. Stewart,

    I’m sorry to bother you. Two cats were left next to my trash can on my patio at my apartment complex. One had fur and skin missing on its back and maggots coming out of the skin and infested in the eyes:(. The other has no injuries I can see but had maggots on his fur and a few maggots in his eyes. we read about mineral oil to flush them Out on another website. But there were just too many:( We had to give the one with skin missing to our animal care services. I just don’t think we had the proper tools to save her. It really sucks and our hearts are broken..I’m sorry i guess my question is if the other cat doesn’t have any open wounds how did the maggots get in his eyes? And is there anything we can do temporarily? The mineral oil didn’t work as we hoped. We’re trying to come up with money to take them to the vet. But with the holiday it won’t be until Tuesday. Do you think he will make it? I feel so horrible I can’t believe someone would do this.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Unfortunately I think the best for the cat is to have SPCA or animal control take it to a vet. If they are going to euthanize then I’m not sure. The kitten needs vet care, antibiotics and surgical scrub to help with any wounds and eye medication to deal with any eye infection. Mineral oil in the eye and for maggots? Never hear of that. I would consider giving the other one away for vet care. Maybe contact the SPCA or nearest ER and ask them what they can do to help. Sorry.

  55. Reply
    julie

    I would like to thank you for all your help that you give people, i wish there was a like button or lol. My issue is there was a girl that said she needed help with these 3 newborn kittens that she said the mother had them in the parking area and abandon her kittens, she said she left them out there for 6 hrs hoping mother would come back and didnt, as i believe they were dumped there hoping someone would help them, when i picked them up to foster then get them ready for a good family all three where cold with flys on them, the 2 seemed good and meowing but the 3rd one did not look so good, after getting them home i found out the sick one had maggots, there where alot of flys on them when i picked them up. after getting them warm was when i saw maggots on the sick one. the other two where checked and they did have some white small stuff in a certain area , the 2 kittens where washed and cleaned up and the 3rd one did not make it. the question i have is since these two where cleaned up and seem to be eating and urinating and one has pooped , still working on the other one hoping he does his stuff on the next feeding. Can there be any harm to them since the other kitten had the maggots, could of any of the small maggots went in the kittens rectum area or do you think they will be ok. I could take them to the pound but if they cant find anyone to foster they might be put down. We have so many abandan kittens this year, i can not believe people would throw them in garbage or leave them for someone, they need to fix there animals and wouldnt have to deal with stuff like that. Any guidence would be helpful. thank you

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Chances are if the 2 are doing well and eating and going to the bathroom normally then they should be fine. I would still take them to the pound to at least get some medical attention, vaccines and check up. You can likely foster them yourself after if you want to. They need vet visits in the first 6 weeks for vaccines and deworming anyway. I’m not sure I exactly understand the questions but I hope this helps. If you like my advice you can always give the clinic 5 stars on google…:)

  56. Reply
    amy

    They other day my cat had why we think was a dead squirrel with maggots on it I believe he ate some buy he did throw up not sure if he threw it all up my question is will it hurt him he’s had his rabies shot can someone please help me with an answer
    thanks

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Eating maggots is not a problem for cats. They should be digested, or vomited up. To my knowledge there are no squirrel rabies cases either, but I could be wrong on that. I dont think it will be much of a problem.

  57. Reply
    Dana

    My cat has maggots in her front paw in a sore on her carpal pad it just came up yesterday but its swollen and the maggots are visibly moving also they have created a hole in her other paw and the same thing is happening I am very worried I sprayed it with Screwworm spray but no change it has progressed very fast and i don’t know what to do HELP!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      GET HER TO A VET!!!You need to got to a vet or give her to an SPCA. If you can not take care of her you need to reliquish her to an organization that can. This is not something you can fix at home!!!!!! Please, your cat is suffering!

      • Reply
        Diana

        I have a kitten that had fly eggs on him. I bathed him and tried to get as many eggs off him as I could. Despite my efforts there were still some eggs and when I checked on him this morning some had hatched. I washed the maggots off his belly and got most of the still remaining eggs off. He keeps meowing though. I’m not sure if its just because he’s miffed about his baths or if he’s in pain. I couldn’t see any visible signs of the maggots actually getting inside if him, but I’m still concerned that they may be. I guess in summary I’m asking if there’s any way I can tell if they’ve gotten inside of him and if I’m handling this correctly. Any advice would be really appreciated

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Certainly take him to a vet to find out why the flys are laying on him, but otherwise it sounds like you are handling it correctly. If you do not see any wounds or holes then likely they are not getting inside of him. It is impossible to tell without seeing him, but if he is acting normally then you are probably ok. Get him to a vet for shots and a check up.

          • Diana

            Okay. Thank you for the advice!

  58. Reply
    Mary Coleman

    Hi. My pitbull has been getting fly bites on his ears and back. His ears are really bad, but I cant afford a vet. Is there any way I could help relieve him at home?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You can try AVON Skin So Soft as a non-toxic rub. There are other home remedies, but you need to see what works in your region. The you need to wash him with a good dog shampoo regularly like every 4-6 days to keep the infection down. If it gets really bad and there are infected open wounds, then you need a vet. Hope this helps. AVOID tea tree oil, and other “natural” insect repellants that are not vet approved. They can make things much worse.

  59. Reply
    Nikki

    I have been feeding an abandoned cat outside for several months now. I gave her a doghouse with bedding and she does very well. I am concerned that I have seen flies around her food bowl lately. I dont wash her bowl daily, but I do change it out weekly. Can the flies lay eggs in her food and she then ingest them? I’ve never seen flies around food bowls like this before and have fed many strays over the years, so I want to make sure I am not putting her at risk. Thank you

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Usually orally ingested fly eggs and larva are not a problem, except if the cat has an already per-existing condition. There is really no way to know, so we do not usually concern ourselves with orally ingested maggots. I would think this might indicate rotten or spoiled food and this can be a problem, so make sure the food is good. If you have a dog house you can try hanging fly tape to keep the flies down? Good luck.

  60. Reply
    Nikki

    Thank you so much for your quick response, you put my mind at ease regarding my outdoor cat.
    My next question concerns my 7 year of Pomeranian. 2 weeks ago she started vomiting clear liquid with small bits of food in it. I took her in the next day and she was given an anti-emetic shot and put on antibiotics. She did fine, but started vomiting again 4 days later, so I took her to another vet as my vet was not available on Saturday. They did a blood test that showed elevated white blood cells as well as an xray that showed no blockage so they gave her another anti emetic shot and another round of anti antibiotics, saying they thought it was an infection as well. She continued to vomit off and on, so she was then tested for pancreatitis and had an ultrasound, both showed nothing. I was feeding her boiled hamburger and rice on the vets recommendation, but she still was vomiting off and on. This has been going on for two weeksnow. I have kept both vets informed of the others findings. Both vets finally determined that she has a sensitive stomach and have recommended special food, which will be delivered tomorrow. Does this sound right, or are there other possibilities we need to explore?
    Thank you so much for your time.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds about right, and I would hate to disagree with vets (multiple) that have seen your dog in person. Next step might be a GI scope or a specialist visit. Sounds like you are doing the right thing. Try the food and see. If she continues to vomit on the food and with the medication, seek out a medical specialist or a university and see what they have to say. Good luck.

  61. Reply
    Heather

    We rescued 2 abandoned kittens today. They are likely 7-8 weeks old. The male has had an accident where the end of his tail was cut off. Because of this he now has maggots. I know I need to take him to the vet Monday but I did clean with warm water. Is it unsafe for me to have him running around my house like this. I don’t want to have a maggot infestation on my home & i don’t know enough about this to know whether that’s even An issue.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      The simple answer is you are safe from maggots. The kitten desperately needs to see a vet, but until then keep the wound clean and contain the kitten until you can take him. You will not have a huge maggot problem in your house.

  62. Reply
    Jasmine

    My outside cat recently had kittens and while giving birth, I guess she was chased away when she popped the first one out. My step mom and I found It and the kitten was covered in maggots. We rushed it inside and bathed it, getting all the maggots off. Later that night when I was bottle feeding it, I noticed maggots in its ears because they had made the ear holes bigger. If I had taken it to the vet as soon as I realized it had maggots on it, could the vet have flushed them out before they could have done any major damage? I was torn when this kitten died because of those disgusting things and I don’t ever want to see another newborn kitten die like that again. Should I rush it to the vet immediately to have them flushed or just let the vet put them out of their misery? I want to be prepared if this happens again to one of my kittens. I’ve gotten all kinds of opinions from different family members, But I don’t need their opinions, I need an expert opinion.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Probably a quick vet visit would have been VERY helpful. The kitten would have started antibiotics and had the maggots flushed out. Also the vet could give the kitten fluids to re-hydrate it and maybe it needed sugar? Hard to tell without seeing the kitten. Maggots mean very sick kitten and that is just something to think about. There is always the possibility the vet would have suggested euthanasia and not been able to save it, but that is helpful to know too.

  63. Reply
    Bob

    My pet rabbit started having matted fur yesterday and today when i went out the clean the cage and refill the water i noticed neither of her back legs were working but yesterday only one leg was limp, also I noticed the her anus, vagina, and a wound that had mysteriously appeared in the last two days were full of maggots. What do I do short of putting her down

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I would bring her to a vet asap, but be prepared to put her to sleep. It doesn’t sound good. When rabbits get sick they go down hill very fast. If they can not use their back legs, they are usually in big trouble. Sorry.

  64. Reply
    Hannah

    I have a duck that was attacked by our boxers and about 2 weeks ago I found maggots in her wound. I was able to get them all out and she’s on antibiotic. Her wounds now look like they are scabbed over. Is it safe to put her back outside? We had her in the she’d in a big box but she is getting very restless and she’s not able to get exercise. Can maggots break through scabs?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      The simple answer is yes, put her back outside. Maggots can not eat through scabs and if the wounds are clean then she should be ok.

      • Reply
        Hannah

        Thank you for your help

  65. Reply
    Carey

    I found a feral mama cat and her 4 week? old kitten. The kitten had matted eyes completely closed. I tried to catch kitten but he ran. While I was trying to catch him, I noticed there were maggots near and on his closed eyes. I was able to finally catch it next day and picked it up to check him. No more maggots but eyes were still closed. I cleaned the eyes with warm paper towels and put some antibiotic onintment (from vet for previous visit on another stray) in them. Did this for few days but still closed. Is it possible he has his eyes and will be blind? Can he survive? He does appear to have some vision or just really great hearing. Tries to tear me apart everytime I pick him up. Amazing how strong a baby that small is. Has managed to shred me with claws and teeth little bit. Then today I also noticed he had these little white bugs on him. Not sure if fleas or could it be lice? They are on his fur instead of on the skin with fleas. Have thought about having him put down but hate to do that if he has a chance. He seems happy. Mama has brought him to the back porch and he has made himself at home. Jumps around, eats well, goes to bathroom well, even does some climbing! He appears calm when approached until you try to pick him up. Sure he is scared so try to cuddle in old towel before turning him loose. Sorry, so long. Please help. No money for vet.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Ok, possible he lost his eyes and he would be a fine indoor cat. Not such a great outdoor cat. With a few days of handling he will be tame and a great kitten. You need to put in the time. The white bugs might be mites? You need to give him a flea bath and that usually will kill the mites. I would make sure to bathe him multiple times over a few weeks. Like every 4 days or so depending on the quality of the flea bath. His eyes and crust might be viral (likely) so if you have other cats make sure they are up to date on vaccines and away from these cats. I would try to get him to a vet for a viral check and deworm and vaccines asap. Good luck.

  66. Reply
    Carey

    Corrections. Should be “possible he lost his eyes”. And the white bugs are on his “fur instead of on the skin like fleas”.

  67. Reply
    Dulce

    Hi Dr. Stewart, your information is very valuable and I thank you for what you are doing..
    Two days ago I picked up a tiny bird.. cute, small guy that couldn’t fly very well but would sing lots.. something was under one of his wings but I didn’t know what.. he was on a busy city street and I thought he would die as he would not fly.. I thought he was just weak or too young… I noticed Mr. Chirp wasn’t eating either and after a couple of hours I decided to take him to the vet who discovered fly larvae under his right wing and hidden under feathers of his body (about 9) and took them off and gave him a dosage of ivermectine.. I gather that the ivermectine probably started to cause a reaction with the larvae as today, tiny as he was, had three more larvae in the vicinity of the rectal area.., he started to get really sick and I took him to the vet again who had to put him down… beautiful bird, impressed me very strongly given his attitude and strength, completely opposite to his size. Oddly, he also caused some positive events without knowing, all in two days.. So, I hope people reading this act immediately with the vet’s help.. I wasn’t able to do much for Mr. Chirp, but I hope his suffering was reduced.. I am still in shock for such a way to die, very painful, no creature deserves that suffering.

  68. Reply
    meleny

    What happens if my dog eats the fly poop on the dog food

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      nothing

  69. Reply
    Lea

    hi,

    My dog has a hole on this lower skin and has high fever, the hole caused by maggots is near to his testicle. the thing is, the vet told me that he need to do operation and clear up the hole and infection.

    can you tell me , is this a serious operation? and is my dog at very high risk? will it able to cure or it will pro longed sickness ?

    thanks.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You need to do what the vet recommends. Without seeing it I can not go against the vet’s opinion. It sounds like it needs a drain and some surgery to clean the wound. Holes with maggots do not heal well without serious vet intervention. Do what the vet says.

  70. Reply
    Melody Knott

    I have a 6 at old calf that has the scours and we took him to the vet an had him checked out but we are trying to get rid of the maggots…..any idea what to use to get rid of them?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Try peroxide and water, but there should be no maggots after the vet visit?!?!

  71. Reply
    Melody Knott

    The vet didn’t do anything about te maggots he only gave us medicine to help him eat

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Thats not good, flush the area with a peroxide and water mix and see if the maggots come out. I would possibly try a new vet? They should not send home a kitten with maggots and no antibiotics, pain medication and clean the area????

  72. Reply
    Melody Knott

    the animal I have is a calf not a kitten and there are maggots under his umbelical cord and his but area and crawling around his hind legs

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Whoa, my mistake. Im so used to hearing about kittens and I’m treating kittens now. My mistake. Ok, so don’t go to another vet. But I would flush the area with a cleaning solution, possibly diluted betadine and then flush the wound with water. We really do not treat large animals so my advice is going to be to call the vet and ask what they recommend. We try to removed the maggots with pressure (water) and then often manually pick them out or pull them out. If there are loads of them, then trying to get the animal healthy is first and removing the maggots is second. Sorry about the confusion, but I would still call your vet and ask advice of a person who sees a lot of calves.

  73. Reply
    Melody Knott

    What kind of animals do you work on?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Dogs and cats. Read the blogs.

  74. Reply
    Richard

    There are some swollen parts on my dog’s body which have maggots in them ,what can i do to save my dog’s life

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You need to see a vet asap. This is something that seems very serious.

  75. Reply
    Cathy

    OMG, this has me in tears. Many years ago our 14-yr. old GSD mix became immobile due to paralysis in her hind legs. My mom and I took her to be put down but instead the vet recommended a cortisone shot to prolong her life and mobility for a short while. He did mention keeping her away from her stools but did not explain why. I was living away from home and my mom worked FT and had a broken arm in a cast. My mom called me in a panic a couple week later. Tosh was laying unconscious in the patio. I rushed there to find her still breathing with thousands of maggots burrowed into her spine. I freaked out so bad. Soon after she convulsed and died. All these years I took comfort in the supposed knowledge that maggots only eat dead tissue, assuming she must have gone unconscious first. Now I realize that probably wasn’t the case and it’s very painful and disturbing.

  76. Reply
    allie atoms

    I found some worms on the skin of my dogs ,we had to press them out and they have different sorts on their skin
    What should I do

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Not enough info to help you. My advice would be to find a veterinarian as soon as possible.

  77. Reply
    Clare

    I have two pet fancy rats. A few weeks ago I let them play outside and they got lost for a few hours. They both seemed fine when I found them. However, recently I noticed scabs on one of them. I assumed she had mites so I bought some ivermectin, cleaned her cage, and I gave her a bath. When she was wet I noticed that underneath her worst scab there was a large lump. I gently pressed down on either side of the wound and out of the opening came the entire body of a fairy small bot fly larvae. I have given my rat one oral dose of ivermectin before removing the bot fly and I applied some more ivermectin to her scabs after the removal. I believe that most of the scabs she has are from her itching herself due to the discomfort caused by the bot fly. However she still has a sizable lump under her skin in the area that the bot fly was. Could this lump be swelling caused by the parasite’s presence or is it more likely to be another bot fly? Also if it is another bot fly, will treating the wounds with ivermectin kill it?
    Thank you so much!!!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Hard one as I do not do a lot of rats or see a lot of bot flys anymore. Bot flies can certainly cause a very large inflammatory response and even an infection/abscess where they were. If you killed the fly or ruptured it on removal then that is a serious problem and can lead to a bunch of issues (like a dead fly in a hole.) If you got the whole fly out intact and are giving ivermectin then you might just have residual swelling and it will go down. The next step might be explore that hole a little and start antibiotics with a vet. Good luck.

      • Reply
        Clare

        The entire body of the bot fly was removed and it was alive when it came out. However there is a possibility of a second one being present and most likely squished from the removal of the first. But there was only one open sore for a larvae to get air from. The rest are closed scabs (which I think are from her itching herself). How long should the swelling normally last? Also what kind of antibiotics would she need?
        Thanks!!

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          I agree wit what you are saying, but not sure without seeing the animal. Sounds like you got it all out and the rest are scabs. I can not legally (or morally) advise on antibiotics type or dose, you would need to see a local vet about that or call your vet. I would expect the swelling to go down after a few days, but be concerned if it remained swollen longer…. good luck.

          • Clare

            Alright thank you so much for your help!!!!

  78. Reply
    Mary

    I would like some advice on my boyfriends cat. She is 14 years old and is mostly and out door cat. She is a fluffy cat. Her fur is matted and there is fecal matter stuck in it. We gave her a bath and trimmed what we could away from the area. We noticed it was really raw and irritated around the rectum and vaginal area. So I put cream on her. Today she smells of urine and seems to be really uncomfortable. Which of course she is being in that state. When I looked at her a little bit ago I noticed maggots in her rectum. Now I know she needs to go to the vet asap. I just wanted to know if an animal hospital is cheaper than a vetenarian office. What do you think the price might be so I can let family members know so they can help financially. I would very much like any input. I am very worried about her and stressed out!! Thank you!!!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      She deliberately needs a vet. Animal hospitals and vet offices are the same thing (at least in the US) so there is no difference in price. I have no idea of a price. If you are in New York City it will be more than rural Alabama. I would call your local vets and get prices. She needs a vet soon!

  79. Reply
    Anex Star

    Ok so my mom just got this puppy 5 days ago. We don’t have the money to take it to the vet or anywhere else so please don’t bother saying we shouldn’t have the pup. I know this already, I told her what would happen if she got it and she didn’t listen. Now just yesterday the carpet was literally covered in maggots. Then it happened again today. I’ve already checked the pup all over and her feces but there’s no sign of any maggots! My mom is gonna try worm medicine but is that the right choice? Should we give the pup up or try to help it?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Depends where the maggots are coming from. This might be the first of many problems especially if the puppy is sick or Mal-nourished. If you can not find them, maybe they are worms and not maggots and dewormer will work. Otherwise it will not help. Look in the ears and around the rear end most. Also look in the mouth. Good luck. Sorry I can not help more.

      • Reply
        Anex Star

        Thanks I hope it will work

  80. Reply
    Linds

    Hi Dr. Stewart,
    Just this morning, my 2 inside Chi(s) barking, alerting me something outside, found a puppy outside on our street (Labrador/4-6 weeks est.?) Looked like a bit of mange on backside and maybe an animal tried to bite her on the back. It was making this horrible scream that my 2 inside dogs alerted me to. I brought the puppy in keeping away from my 2 Chis (thinking mange) and immediately gave puppy some warm milk and bathed it with flea & tick shampoo. While bathing, many, many little worms started appearing and surfacing and I kept pouring warm water for about 20 minutes and they just seemed to keep coming to surface around injured tissue area; but also many around the top of her neck area and there are no exposed wounds or tissue that I can see. The puppy seemed soothed by this bathing. After bath, dried her and she easily ate a bit of dry food that I softened by adding water. I took her out to see if she would potty. She urinated and had a movement and did not see any worms in the stool. She enjoyed the little walk and followed me everywhere I went. The puppy has good weight and I think very survivable, called my vet.

    Unfortunately, I cannot afford to take her to the vet and received the runaround from my vet and referrals given me. I have bathed her a second time and a few more of the tiny worms appeared & came off, but not near as many as was the first. Much better; I flushed the mangy area or hot spots (?) on her back with Hydrogen peroxide and have now put Bactroban cream I had on these areas. Put a small wading pool w/food grad diatomaceous earth (to somewhat contain any small worms that may come off) in by Bathroom with a small dog bed in it. She is now sleeping comfortably.

    WHAT DO YOU THINKS THESE LITTLE WORMS ARE & WHAT ARE YOU RECOMMENDATION TO TRY TO HELP HER at my HOME OR DO YOU THINK ITs IMPERATIVE SHE GET TO A VET? I soooo much appreciate your assistance and your helping the public here.

    Much love and eternal blessings always…. Linds

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Not sure what the worms are. Are they maggots? Are they lice or flea like. I would keep doing what you are doing, it seems to be working and then try to pinpoint the source of worms. If you find it, then you need to flush them out and probably contact a vet. If she has mange, she needs proper medication BUT some mange gets better with the dog getty healthy. I can only say good luck and I really dont know. If you can get to an SPCA or shelter they might help for a reduced cost. This is just the tip of the iceberg and she will need shots and more so prepare for the costs.

  81. Reply
    Whitney

    Hello, I held my puppy and found maggots on his face… I didn’t know he had maggots…. I held him in my hands and ever since than I been paranoid about maggots… Would the maggots transfer from his body to mine?? This question had been stuck in my mind sinces than. If it does, what should I do? And my puppy been outside for 1-3 days would the maggots develop before he went outside or being outside?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Moggots will not transfer to healthy tissue so you do not need to worry, but why does your puppy have maggots on his face??? They developed from being outside and you need to take him to a vet to get looked at. Maggots on the face are very serious! There must be a wound or cut on his face or in his mouth or nose.

  82. Reply
    jordan hernandez

    I have a red nose put mixed with a chocolate lab. He has a habit of eating flies and other insects around the house. We have recently found maggots in his urine and feces. Could it be the flies he eats are hatching their eggs after? Of so what should I do? I have never had to deal with maggots on a live anamial before please help.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I find it VERY unlikely that any fly eggs could survive the GI tract of a dog regardless of how many he eats. Maggots in his stool are probably either tape worms (they look alike) or post defecation maggots. In his urine there is NO WAY they can get there via the GI tract. These are either post urination or something much more severe. I would get a stool sample to your local vet to look at and if you are seeing any signs of illness bring the dog to the vet…..otherwise its just old poop and flies are laying eggs in it.

  83. Reply
    Vanisha Negi

    Hi I really found your article helpful. Thank you for the information. My dog is 11 years old and recently his tooth came off…leaving an open wound which allowed maggots to lay eggs..though we have seek help from a vet and he has given him an injection and cleaned the wound…but still i would request you to advise me how to further take care of his gums and how serious the problem is?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds serious, you can buy dog tooth brushes and paste but i think antibiotics and keeping the area clean is the best. Sounds like once the infection is cleaned and healing and there is not too much more you need to dog.

  84. Reply
    Amy

    Hi there,
    Thanks for all this great info. I found a kitten in my back yard last night about 4 weeks old. It was tangled in tall grass and it’s foot was blue and swollen to the point of skin cracking and it had a lot of maggots and worms coming out the bum. I brought him to the vet and they didn’t want to amputate the foot right away but thought it would likely be necessary in the future. They gave me antibiotics/worm and maggot killer to give twice a day and also gave the cat a lot of wet food specifically for babies. They also gave the first dose of antibiotic.
    This morning when I went to give the next dose of antibiotic it was very obvious that the kitten was not going to make it and it looked severely dehydrated. The maggots had multiplied like crazy. I gave the antibiotics anyway and tried feeding it (didn’t want to eat) and tried using a dropper to get water in it’s mouth (the water just fell back out again). I also used lukewarm water to try to wash away some maggots (a lot came off – I didn’t scrub). Before the clinic opened the cat passed away anyway. I know a whole lot of things could have killed him, but I’m wondering if by feeding the kitten we created a lot of feces for the maggots to multiply in and if it would have been better to wait to feed the cat until the maggots had died down a bit. I know it’s too late, but I feel like it would be good to know for the future.
    Thank you

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I think nothing you could have done would have helped it except MAYBE IV fluids and IV antibiotics. My guess is the foot was causing major infection to be shed and the kitten was just septic and too much infection killed the kitten. I am SURE the food had no negative effects. Glad you tried to help the kitten, sometimes they are just too sick. Sorry for your loss.

  85. Reply
    tabatha

    I recently found a bay squirrel about 5weeks all her fur is now clean of maggots and eggs (she was covered in them) she’s eating from a nurse bottle and urinating and dedicating regularly. Today we found a sore in her mouth and it had maggots in it. She doesn’t have them anywhere eles that we can see and not in her feces either. What should I do other than remove the maggots as we find them?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I always recommend taking wildlife to a rehab center or wildlife veterinary center because they often make poor pets and if they are in human hands too long they can not be rehabilitated. Also there are disease concerns. Having said that you should try to remove all the maggots and keep the baby clean and well fed. You probably can not get antibiotics or dewormer for the baby, so the best you can do is try to strengthen the immune system and remove the maggots with warm water and some mild soap. Call your local wildlife shelter for more exact advice and I would highly recommend bringing her there and having them get her ready for release back to nature,

  86. Reply
    Andrew

    My dog caught a flesh fly in his mouth and spit it out on the floor. When I went to clean it up I could see that the fly had maggot larvae on its back. I got rid of it, but am concerned that some may have come off in my dogs mouth when he caught it. I figured he’d be fine and I’d just keep an eye on him, but do you think he needs some medication or to go to the vet?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Probably be fine. Just watch it.

  87. Reply
    CASPER

    I have a white mouse dat I rescued after a heavy rail today and it has an injury on is tail and small pore on his skin which contained maggots after I pressed it,I saw a big maggot with a lot of tiny ones and I applied salt to the surface and I don’t know what to do next because I don’t have the money to visit a vet so I want a traditional method asin sometin I can do by myself alone at home

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Contact a wildlife center. Other than keeping it clean, there is very little you can do. Do not get bitten.

  88. Reply
    Geneva

    Dr.
    Im a complete mess right now. My dog is hospitalized at the vet, since last night. They say hos white blood count is low, and his fever is high, and he *might* have spesis. And thaf the next two days will be an uphill battle.
    We moved from the smoky mountains to ohio on the 1st. He is two years old and has only ever lived in the mountains. The weather here is very hot in comparison, different altitude, chemicals in the water as opposed to fresh mountain water, and new plants in the backyard that we have yet to investigate. He has diarrhea starting on tuesday morning. Explosive. Dark green. No idea why. Because everything changed. We went from organic food to store bought chemical food when we moved because we couldnt find a co-op. I feel it may have been the food and the two days of faucet water (before i knew how chemical laden the water here is, now have a filter). He had diarrhea for three days. Refused pedialyte. Switched his food to organic chicked and rice and he ate one bowl full. I then took him to the vet on thursday. She said he was dehydrated and gave me a powder packet to sprinkle on his food and pills. Yesterday morning, he was acting lethargic. He refused to eat or to come inside. I hand fed him around 11 am and kissed his head and rubbed his whole back, several times. Didnt notice anything unusual in his skin. I had been putting comfry on his raw backside per the vet (who suggested diaper rash ointment). Yesterday morning i did this, and didnt see anything at all. He refused to come inside and laid outside with flies swarming his back side. I tried several times to get him to come inside, he wouldnt move. He was head oressing (i know now) all day. I finally got him inside amd gave him his pill in peanut butter and he drank half a bowl of water. Still not noticing anything other than lethargy. Finally, around 930pm, i went to add more comfry, and bent down to see a swarm of maggots crawling over a spot on his back (not backside). I took him to the vet. They are keeping him for two to four days. Said he has a 50/50 chance and his prognosis is guarded. Im so confused because all articles im reading say that if treatment is immediate, itll be ok. The doctor says 50/50, but the other doctor seemed more hopeful. Please tell me with complete honesty, what you feel the prognosis will be.
    Worried sick.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Honestly I have no idea. I do not know the details and do not want to give you a prognosis. Sepsis is less than 50:50 and maggots are a very bad sign, but with good aggressive vet care he could pull through. Make sure you are at a modern and well staffed vet office and keep up your hopes. Explain where you are coming from as there might be local diseases that are important. I wish you the best of luck!!

  89. Reply
    James

    I own a dog aged 12 years
    His ear had been bitten by onother dog of my locality
    My dog looks as if he had a lot of pain
    He shooks his head most of the time..
    I had been applying betadine in the wound
    But i noticed a maggot on the wound
    He wont let his ear to be touched now!!
    I concerned a vet doctor,he gave a pain killer and a epi-otic named solution rinse his ear.. but its not killing the maggot!!
    What should i do now??
    Is there any medicine or any solution to remove the maggot?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Go back and get medicine from the vet. You need to pick out the maggots and keep the wound clean. Have the dog sedated and the wound cleaned.

  90. Reply
    Liz

    I was just curious as to weather or not fruit flies can infect dogs like any other worms do?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      No, not that I know.

  91. Reply
    Wes

    I took in an abandoned kitten about a week ago. It’s probably only about 6-7 weeks old. He looks better than he did a week ago. He eats well, poops fine, but he’s still thin with a pot-belly. He’s also got eye boogers and crusties on his nose that I keep cleaning.

    I haven’t seen the maggots you’re referring to, but I’m posting to see if it’s possible to have an infection without visible maggots. In the last few days, my kitchen has had a fly outbreak. He’s the only thing new in my house, although it could be the changing weather or the fact that it’s a very old house.

    He runs and plays like a healthy, happy kitten. Would it even be possible for the flies to gestate in a week and leave the kitten with no visible or behavioral symptoms. I’d love to be able to rule this condition out, but I can’t figure out where the flies are coming from. Thanks!!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I’m guessing the flies are not from the kitten. I would have him checked up by a vet for the pot belly and weepy eyes. Sounds like he needs a deworming and some medication for an upper respiratory. Good luck. The flies are probably just from the weather and the house.

  92. Reply
    sydney

    Hey Dr. I need your help. I don’t have any money for a vet but I fond this cute kitten and it’s a baby any ways how can I take the maggots off her skin?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Bath it in soapy water. That is the best bet. Figure out why there are maggots? Get the kitten healthy.

  93. Reply
    tiffany

    I have a 5 month old outside rabbit that had got out for almost 2 weeks, we caught him and noticed a black quarter size area behind his eye, in front of his ear. I cleaned it with sterile water and kept an eye on it. then began googling what it might be. I’ve come to the conclusion that it is in deed a maggot that has burrowed under his skin. there is a small hole near the center and hair is missing around the wound. I’m curious to know what treatment they might do for him at the Vet. I’m also wondering if he will recover from this. Poor thing. It seems like there is a large lump right above it, almost like the maggot is growing and moving up. I know, pretty gross. Please help with any info you might have. thanks!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      A vet will remove it and start him on antibiotics. He should recover with the correct care. Go see your vet soon! Good luck.

  94. Reply
    carolyn

    I have a six week old kitten that has had diarrhea for like four days and hasnt really been wanting to eat or drink so i have been giving him water and chicken broth through a syringe I have been trying to keep him clean and change his bedding everyday but today after I got off of work I went to check on him and he just looked so sad and smelled so bad because of the diarrhea so I went to give him abath and noticed that he had maggot eggs in his fur where the dried poop was so iI washed him really good. I called the vet yesterday and he told me to give him some deworming medicine so I did that yesterday might I add he was up and walking around yesterday. And then today I find him like this I have no idea what to do it is now the weekend and the vet doesn’t open until Monday any suggestions?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      That kitten sounds really bad and it need to see a vet ASAP. Fluids and antibiotics and a full exam. Something is wrong with the kitten and de-wormer is not going to fix it. I would call an ER in the area or a 24 hour vet office. It is now had diarrhea for too long to be simple.

  95. Reply
    figen yayci

    I found a kitten today I estimate to be around 6 weeks old, he was covered in flies laid still….his eyes were infected, and smelt terrible…With further inspection I noticed many many many maggots all over his body. His anus looked swollen. So I took him to the vet, he used a liquid I believe to be peroxide to cover the maggots, then applied some cream, and put him on the drip, gave him an injection. However before he put the kitten into the intensive care unit, he did not wipe away any of the maggots, so there were still maybe a hundred maggots crawling over the kitten. Is this the correct way to deal with this situation as I would normally believe that the maggots should atleast be wiped away or washed before putting into a unit, am I wrong? i trust your view, and would like to know if this was the correct way the kitten was treated…I am extremely upset as 3 hours after taking him to the vet let said he passed away…

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I can not really comment because I didnt see the kitten. In our clinic we always try to remove the maggots as soon as possible to prevent further discomfort and damage they can do. We are pretty good about getting the maggots off with soap and water if they are just on the fir and skin….. Sounds like the kitten needed a lot of care and might not have made it either way BUT I like to get the maggots off as soon as possible personally.

  96. Reply
    andrew bell

    hi dr stewart .im really worried about my shar pei.a few years ago she had skin problem so i took her too the vets and they gave her antibiotics.however two days ago she started scratching below her ears and it wasnt a pretty site (she drew blood under both and tore her fur out) her ears have always smelled since the day i had her (shes 8 and ive had her for 6) i clean and check her ears every day if not every other day at most.because of what happened a couple of years ago i went a bought a neck collar till i cud get her too the vets monday(tomorrow) presuming it was the same problem however a couple of hours ago i found a couple of maggots on the floor so i inspected her ears and i found 6 more so i delicately removed them with out harming her ears but i know theres some more in them,unfortnatly i can tell if its 2 or 200.i have a limited amount of money tomorrow (200 english pounds) for treatment so instead of going into the emergency room tonight which would cost 140 im forced too wait till the morning whe it will be 30 pounds.i can afford another 200 friday but im not sure if the vet will let me owe them till them.sorry about the essay but my question is this.because i found maggots in both ears and im right too presume that the maggots have managed too tunnel somewhere straight throu her head ??having them in both is this even more dangerous and should i be prepared too say my goodbyes before we go?? many thanks

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I think you should be worried about bad ear problems, but not maggots going through her head. It is more likely that she has 2 infected ears and needs severe antibiotics and medication. Go to the vet first thing Monday morning and get as much treatment as you can afford. I do not think it is time to say goodbye……

  97. Reply
    Rachel

    My old dog had cancer in her paw/leg which led to an infection. We had her on antibiotics and were waiting to see how it progressed before having her put down (was too old to risk surgical removal of paw/leg). It started swelling up more and more and was still infected despite trying different antibiotics (they did nothing).
    The very day before we were going to have her put down I saw maggots on the wound. I was horrified and sick about it, I took them off (they had only just appeared that day) and had to take some more off again later. I am completely guilt ridden and feel like I neglected her, I was just trying to do my best for her trying different treatments but nothing worked. She was still eating well and not showing any signs of pain or discomfort except limping a bit when she walked.. Am I a terrible person for letting this happen? I was so shocked and sickened by it. We had her put down the very next day after I saw them on the wound (which we had planned to do anyway due to her infection/cancer getting worse). I feel so awful that we didn’t get her put to sleep sooner. I don’t know how i can live with myself, do you think I am terrible for letting this happen or is it just one of those things that can happen to anyone? I loved my dog so much and just wanted the best for her, if I had known how her cancer/infection would progress i would’ve had her put down before, I had no idea it would get that bad! I hope it looked worse than it was.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      It almost definitely looked worse than it was. Sounds like you did what you should have and just missed the date by 1 day. I think the fact that she was acting not in pain was a great sign. Sorry for your loss.

      • Reply
        Rachel

        Thank you Dr Stewart. It’s just such a shock seeing something like that. I now realise that the infection was never going to go away because of how the cancer was growing so quickly and spreading. Anyway, thank you for putting my mind at ease a little.

  98. Reply
    Adeline Toh

    We are tying to trap an injured stray mongrel with a gaping hole (blacken) filled with maggots infestation. His right ear has been eaten up i believed. We believed he was injured around mid-Sept and we have been trying to trap him for medical treatment since beginning of Oct. May we know how high is his chances of survival without treatment? Could he have died by now as the dog has been evading rescuers?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Very hard to say. Very possible he died or will die due to infection. Ear infections and open wounds with maggots can really drain a dog of any energy and lead to a septic dog situation. No way to tell without seeing the wounds and assessment. It is very possible he will not survive without treatment. Good luck.

  99. Reply
    Ashley

    Hey I found a maggot egg on my dog and it feel off I took care of it but I did see another I am trying to find again. I’m wondering what will happen if it already feel off and hatched? My dog seems to be ok I check him everyday and I don’t see any bite marks or anything like that no irration but I’m wondering if there is a way to prevent this from happening again?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Not a worry if there is no wound or hole. Might have just caught it up in his fur?

  100. Reply
    Donna

    Hello, I found a hole near the anus area of my poodle. I went online and from the description I think is was either a botfly or maggot. When I try squeezing around the area this brown goop came out so I then sprayed the area with alcohol and squeezed some more and just kept squeezing it until no more brown stuff came out. Then I spray the hole with hydrogen peroxide. Does this mean the larvae died inside of the hole or is it infected?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      You need to see a vet. If you killed the fly in the hole that will lead to a nasty infection. It might just be an anal gland abscess or regular abscess. A vet needs to look at that….

  101. Reply
    Yela

    Hi! I have a dog with a hole on her back (around the pelvis area). And yes, just ‘a’ hole. It started from a scrape and I thought it would just heal like it normally does, and because she can clean it.

    Then after a day or two from seeing the scrape, I noticed that the wound is not getting any better. It then started to swell so I decided to inspect her wound. Upon looking at it closely, I noticed that there were things moving inside! I then dried the hole with a cotton. Got a clearer view and found out there are maggots inside.

    Since I panicked and I wanted to remove them immediately, I dropped in a couple of drops of efficascent oil in the hole. In no time, the maggots started to crawl out of the flesh, one by one, and I picked them up using tweezers. I got 11 of them and put them away in a jar where they can’t crawl out, and checked the hole closely if there’s more with my phone’s flashlight. Sadly, I couldn’t check the deeper parts of the hole because it’s too swollen, and the hole’s just around 1/4 of an inch. The swollen area has a diameter of around 2 to 2.5 inches. So yeah, the wound is filled with those 11 maggots I got, and I’m not even sure if I removed them completely; I hope I did.

    By the way, the only flies I could name of, and have seen here (prominent) are houseflies and mango flies. I cannot distinguish which the maggot belongs to.

    Now the hole keeps secreting a cloudy, translucent, pinkish fluid, and I keep on drying them off. Is it a good sign? I squeeze the wound in a not so hard way, only just to, well, extract the fluid and wipe it off. I also noticed that every time I do it, there are bubbles forming.

    Then I rest and waited, not touching the wound anymore, and let the wound secret these fluids on its own, and until most of the efficascent oil have been wiped away. I then took out another fresh tweezers, my betadine and a piece of cotton. I poured some of it over a cotton–letting the cotton completely absorb it until it is almost dripping–then squeezed it above the wound so the betadine drops inside the hole. After filling it with betadine, I squeezed the wound (ofc, in a not-so-hard manner), so that the betadine would flow through the places I cannot reach and see. After a few squeezes, I wiped it off and dropped some betadine again. I think I did it thrice. Then I dabbed the solution around the external part of the wound as well. Since that’s the most I could do for now, I covered her wound with a gauze and let her rest.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      No question there…..see a vet for a maggot infected hole in your pet is my best advice. Sounds like you are treating it at home though.

      • Reply
        Yela

        Yes, I did it at home. It happened at night so I cannot go to a vet. And I went out this morning to go to the vet, but unfortunately they’re closed since they’re preparing for the coming holiday. And there are no veterinary clinics here that are open til 6pm onwards.

        I was asking if it was a good sign if the hole/wound keeps secreting those pinkish fluids I’m talking about..

        By the way, I noticed that the wound is not so swelled up anymore like it used to.. I hope it gets better.

        • Reply
          Dr. Stewart

          Secreting a clear/pink fluid can be a good sign or normal. Anything cloudy or smelly is obviously bad. Sounds like it might be healing. I would go to a vet as soon as one opens and maybe take a few pictures to show them progress over the holidays.

  102. Reply
    Kirsten Carroccia

    I just noticed a nickel size blackish scab on the lower half back of my guinea pig. It seems to be oozing some clear liquid and (believe it or not) smells like feces. I’ve been reading up on various parasitic and bacterial infections that it could be but the smell has really got me concerned. I will be making an appointment with our vet but thought I might get some answers before they are able to fit us in for the appointment. Any information would be much appreciated. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry, sounds gross and serious, but I dont know much about guinea pigs.

  103. Reply
    amal

    my dog has got an injure on his tail over 1 year ,so i had put antibiotic and alcohol but still the tail continue rotten and it has got a lot maggots on it i don’t know what to do ,and i don’t have the facilitate to take it to the veterinarian.

    please help tell what kind of medicines i will have put on it.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry, you need systemic antibiotics and a vet visit VERY SOON!

  104. Reply
    Yolanda

    What if maggot are coming out of his butt hole my dog doesn’t have a wound around him or anything they just come out of his but hole and I’m just wondering what should I do because he leaves maggots everywhere and now he is pooping maggots.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Seriously??? See a vet. It is most likely tapeworms not maggotts. See a vet. What would you do if it was a child?

  105. Reply
    Mel

    Hi Dr, my puppy border collie has been sneezing since last night. When I woke up there were maggots all over the floor and in her water bowl.
    I immediately took her to the vet because I thought a fly must’ve laid eggs up her nose. This morning the vet said it’s highly unlikely, gave her a physical and said she should be fine.
    All day she has been ok hadnt seen any more maggots around but then, an hour ago she sneezed again and there was a live maggot on the floor. It could only have come from her.
    The vet will only be open tomorrow morning – what should I do tonight?
    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Keep her calm and collect some of the maggots to show the vet. You need to get her seen and have the vet do a sedated nasal exam or send her to a specialist to do that. This is serious.
      Watch her like a hawk and see if the maggots are truly coming from her nose. I mean watcher her all the time. Good luck.

  106. Reply
    Ben Wag

    My one cat of two has what looks like dried fecies on its butt hole so i pulled it off and my cat was instantly in pain as she let out a meow. little did i know it was attached like pulling off a scab and it resulted with a tiny sore now days has went by and its happening again. does it sound like an infection or?

    thank you Dr.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sounds like a scab that might need to heal. It also might be a slight infection. Try warm compresses next time or better be safe and try a vet visit. It might be nothing but better be safe than sorry.

  107. Reply
    Mary

    I recently found maggots on my dog’s top bottom near his tail, he is very hairy and I usually leave him outside when I have to go to work. As I was petting him I found maggots on his top bottom near his tail and I believe how they got there was because due with his hairy fur feces might have gotten caught. I shave all of his hair and bath him with pet shampoo. I didn’t find any maggots around his anus, just where I found the feces. I removed all of the maggots. There is redness on his top bottom and I place antibacterial cream. I ordered Capster and it should be in the mail by the end of the day today, just in case the maggots did some affected internal. His inside now and will be inside until the redness in his skin decreases. He is drinking water and sleeping. He ate some food and went back to sleep. He is walking slowly when he needs to get water. His 10 years old, I believe is old age to that his legs are slowly weakened.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Visit a vet if you are concerned, but if the maggots are gone and he looks ok then you might have cleaned the area well enough to be ok. I can not tell exactly what caused this from you letter.

  108. Reply
    dena

    Hi, yesterday i found out that my dog has deep hole on its neck….since we are very far from the city and transporting my dog to the vet seems impossible,i just took a photo of the wound and show it to the vet,she gave me antibiotic.Just this morning i saw some maggots on my dogs neck so i flushed the hole with hydrogen peroxide and betadine afterwards… i also bought diclofenthion combinex wound spray and sprayed it on the wound,the maggots were crawling out but i think there are still more inside,is it ok to continue spraying it with combinex? is it safe?….thank you in advance

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I dont know much about that spray, please ask the vet you spoke with about it. It seems like you are doing everything correctly. Keep at it until they are all gone. I would use more soapy water and peroxide to ride the maggots.

  109. Reply
    kathryn

    hi my name is kat I have my dogs food outside on the patio .so today I went to go get him food and I found maggots in there.he has been sick for 2 days he also has diarrhea non stop he is not throwing up but he is not wanting to get up and he wont eat anything I have a 7 year old sister and she is tromitized I don’t know what to do plz help me

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      First replace his food. Dont let it sit out so long. Food should not sit over 24 hours. Second, bring him to a vet ASAP. Sounds serious. If you can not bring him to a vet get him drinking a lot of water and eating bland healthy fresh food. I would still try to get to a vet fast if he will not stand up. The bad food might be to blame but the diarrhea is making him weak and he will likely get worse. Start with clean fresh food!

  110. Reply
    Priya

    My dog got maggots inside his mouth. He lost his 2 teeth as well.. We have remover all the maggots. Bt the wound is not so clearly visible. M worried if all the maggots are removed completely or not.. Please suggest me what to do to save my pet.. I have concerned veterinary doctor as well.. But even he is not so sure that maggots are completely finished.. Please help me.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I’m sorry I can not help with out knowing a lot more. The local vet should be able to help you and if not you need to ask another vet. Sounds like there is a serious problem with the mouth and your dog needs a dental and sedated oral exam. Sorry and good luck.

  111. Reply
    Priya

    Please help me as soon as possible… M really so worried.. My pet is in pain..

  112. Reply
    mary

    Hi doc.i have a dog and he has maggots in his ears.i already bring him in a vet.but the vet said that let the maggots stay in his ears it will go away eventually and he give me drops for my dogs ears infection..is it really safe for my dog?his ears is now bleeding.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Sorry to hear this….time for a new vet. I would NOT advise leaving the maggots and I would start oral antibiotics and pain medication. Can you imagine the feeling?!?!?! Please try a more modern vet.

  113. Reply
    Marie

    My cat got out 2 weeks ago and I found her yesterday in the woods behind our home. She’s lost half her weight and has hurt her toe , I noticed she had/has maggots between the nail and wall of skin on toe. We removed 3 big maggots so far, is there anything else I should be doing? I cleaned her toe with peroxide and put triple antibiotic ointment on it , today it looks 80% better. I can’t get her to a vet till Saturday ( tomorrow ). She’s a little over a year old

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I hope you got her to the vet, I can not always answer these in time. Sorry.

  114. Reply
    Julie

    Yesterday, my kids found a maggot crawling on our kitchen floor. I assumed it was a fluke thing and came inside somehow. However, a couple of hours later, I found more in the kitchen and some in the foyer (no where near the kitchen). I immediately cleaned the floors with bleach. Today, after being gone most of the day, I found many all over my kitchen floor. I found none in the foyer… But a few hours later, while vacuuming a room off of the foyer, I saw 4 of them. I cannot find a source for the maggots, my husband has checked outside, we have nothing rotting inside. I thought maybe the dogs could be bringing them in on their coats through the dog door… But we can’t find any maggots outside. The only thing I can think of is that one of my dogs has maggots in them, and they are dropping them behind them as they walk through the house. One if my dog’s is 13, and I have been thinking it might be time to put her down. Recently, she started becoming incontinent when she’s sleeping. Is there a chance she has a maggot infestation in her digestive system? Could that be causing her incontinence?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Are you sure they are maggots and not tape worms? If you cant see maggots then there must be a source somewhere??? Bring your dog to the vet if she is incontinent, there are medications for that. Why put her to sleep before trying some cheap and simple medication?

  115. Reply
    Kristina

    I have a 6 month old bird dog. He is a hyper puppy. In a 3 day period he went from chasing my kids through the yard to wont move wont eat. He has maggots pouring out of his rectum. I am taking him to the vet today. My question is how does this happen?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Could be infection, or worms (tapeworms not maggots) or obstruction….. hard to say. What did the vet say?

  116. Reply
    jen

    My cat returned home the other day. She has maggots crawling out of her anus and vagina. And her vagina is open. I’ve sprayed blue coat on it which is a spray that helps with preventing infections and getting rid of infections. I can’t take her to a vet. So what do I do? Put her down or keep spraying and trying new things? She still walks around but most of the time she just lays on the ground and sleeps and flies surround her constantly..

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      SOUNDS TERRIBLE! Get her to a vet or a shelter??? I would suspect she is not enjoying life right now and needs to see a vet.

  117. Reply
    Louie

    I have one question, where I live is in michigan. Would there be alot of maggots near the area?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I really do not know. There are maggots anywhere there are flies. I imagine in the summer there are plenty.

  118. Reply
    Angeli

    My Sheltie has been outdoors in the nice Spring weather. I smelled dog poop and saw that it has hardened in the long hair under her tail and so I soaked her tail in in a bath and shampoos and conditioned. Within days she was acting uncomfortable and whining so, on examination I found her bottom and under-tail bright red.. I washed with a wet cloth and applied an herbal skin cream covered with a thi layer of Vaseline. I thought that maybe this irritation was caused by me having doubled her glucosamine that she is on due to arthritis in her shoulder,
    This morning I examined her to see if the redness was improving and noticed an odor and damp, slimy hair around her inertial and inner flank area so I sat down with her on my lap and ripped her over to get a better look.
    I found clumps of maggots infesting the underside of her back end and realized that flies must have laid eggs when she had the stool on her fur and that after the bath, possibly the maggots hatched and had been biting at her skin,I let her out to pee and she immediately sat down on the back patio and I we I in to call a vet. While looking on line for a phone number, I did a “search’ for maggots and read up on it.’
    I got my clippers and a shower curtain and paper towel and decided to get the maggots off but by the time I
    got out there, it looked like she had chewed the maggots off.
    I clipper end all the wet, slimy hair from under her tail, inside her flanks, and her lower belly, I chipped away a couple patches of maggots that were still there and examined her vulva and rectum where I picked off about 7 more maggots. I am not sure if any maggots that could have crawled inside would live very long.I am bathing her now, with medicated shampoo and will dry and put polysporon on the area,My question, Dr. Stewart, is there anything more I should do, other than inspecting the area daily, keeping her indoors, and keeping the area clean, dry and helping it get better, If one or two crawled inside, is there a worry now that I hopefully, have removed the others, Her belly was looking better just from getting the wet, maggot-slime hair off and from the area drying out as I cleaned her up,

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I think you did everything right. The only other thing might be antibiotics to help with any skin infection that could open the way for more maggots. Keeping the area clean and dry is the #1 though and it sounds like you are doing that. Unlikely any maggots that got inside will survive as long as the tissue is healthy. Infection and sick tissue is what they need to survive and wet-fecal mated fur will certainly create that and attract them. Keep vigilent and if see any other problems get your dog to a vet asap.

  119. Reply
    TG

    My dog has maggots on his bottom. We took him to the vet today he howled so much with pain, the doctor sedated( being a huge dog, a Tibetan Mastiff) and treated the wound and has put some powder several times and said it will kill the maggots, and also injected it. So will the maggots die and come out of the wound on its own ? Is it normal to get maggots in summers? This is the first time in 3 years that he has had maggots

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Maggots are more common in the summer certainly when the flies are thickest, but it is not common to have them in a healthy dog wound. I’m glad you took him to the vet and it sounds like he is getting good care. Make sure the wound is clean and you can flush the maggots out with water if you need too. Have your vet advise you on the future course of treatment. Good luck.

  120. Reply
    Angeli

    Can maggots that may have crawled into her anus survive and breed or is only thru the fly? Should I worry about the inside of her anus being ravished by any possible maggots . I saw something about putting tips soaked in anesthetic with their points inside the dog to make the worms come out, but where do I buy that, I may be over-worrying. I am still wiping her belly and perinatal area and upper tail and inner flanks with antibacterial wipes and then a-lying Meeca burn ointment and news-iron and her tummy is now light bonk and dry, her tail though is still red but lighter and that maybe due to it’s contact with her shaven. anal and surrounding area.
    I still catch a smell of the maggots but cannot spot any and my much happier Sheltie actually licks me in gratitude after I clean and apply ointment 2-3 times a day.
    Should I apply gauze wrap to her tail to help it dry and heal
    Thank you for your reply, Dr. Stewart

  121. Reply
    Angeli

    P.S. ;One final comment–She was actually incontinent yesterday morning but she may have refused to go out as often due to th stinging of her urine, therefore held it too long, poor girl.
    I notice she drinks a lot of fresh water which I know will help her dilute the acid in her pee.

  122. Reply
    John

    Lost our family dog from this sick nasty disease. Don’t waste time!! Treat it fast when you first see it. If flies are swarming around you dog investigate the problem and take action. No, not just a bath like my family member did. I was unfortunately out of town for work 4 days and I got a phone call the day of my dogs passing and was told something isn’t right with my dog and it looks like he isnt going to make it. I rushed back to town in shock, over to my parents where my dog was too see him laying there unconscious. Investigated and saw maggots crawling out of the spine and near his tail area. Ive never felt so sad and mad at the same time. He was an outside dog, hes been around 14 years and he was very healthy. It happened so fast. So please, get your loved one to the vet ASAP. I regret being gone for 4 days, its a tough pill to swallow. I lost a good buddy over stupidity.

  123. Reply
    Samantha

    Hello,

    So this may seem a little odd, but I have searched with no avail. On Monday I had been called out to rescue a bird, barely a fledgling, that had fallen from its nest with the neighbors dog trying to get to it.
    When I inspected the bird, it had impaled itself on pine needles, one in his thigh and the other on his lower back. We removed the needles and I brought him home to spend the night until he could be returned, expecting a full recovery. It wasn’t until the next day did I notice it having breathing problems. Upon closer examination I noticed little maggots making their way out of his nostrils. I removed them with a tweezers, and waited until the next day for more to make their way out but found none. This worries me, especially now that when he breathes he occasionally creates this clicking noise in his chest. The woman from the rehabilitation center said she wouldn’t take him in because his chance of survival is slim if he’s infested with maggots or any other type of worm.

    So my question, is there really anything I could do to help him improve? Would maggots have been in there due to an infection, and would there be more in there?

    Because I’ve been told he probably doesn’t have a long time to live if he has an infestation, I’ve named him Milton, and he’s currently snuggling against my neck. He’s had around the clock care. I’ve been trying a high protein diet and hoping the maggots didn’t do too much damage.

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I would ask the wildlife rescue woman how to care for him at home. My guess is that he got an infection and was either kicked from the nest or tried to fly but was too weak (not sure how big he is.) The maggots in the chest are a very bad prognosis but you never know. TLC and nutrition can go a long way. Little birds are especially fragile. Good luck.

  124. Reply
    Renee

    Hello, I’m concerned about a kitten we just took in to help. She’d had a puncture wound above her right eye, and afterwecleaned it up we noticed a maggot trying to come out. We haven’t been able to remove it, it’s too fast. We doused the area with neosporin, trying to force it out, also saline solution. We can’t get it to the vet this weekend, because, of course, it’s holiday weekend, we can’t get her there till Tuesday. Sny recommendations?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      Soap and water flushes or peroxide if it is not near her eye. Try to get the maggot out and keep the area clean and dry. There is not too much hard if the maggot stays, but its just painful and gross. Get her to a vet asap.

  125. Reply
    Britt

    I understand the maggots will often enter your pets body through some kind of wound, but I grew up on a farm and that’s often not the case. It mostly happens in newborn kittens during the summer months, but I’ve also seen them on healthy adults as well, if the cat is so much as wet the flies will harass them endlessly and lay thousands of eggs! Normally, the cat would try and lick them off the fur or skin, however, if some of them are missed the maggots will go straight for the closest form of moisture in order to get inside, meaning any orifice from the nostrils, rear, to even the eye sockets or ears! It dose not matter if they are wounded\ill or not, if you your pet is moist, or gives off a smell for any reason, it may very well attract the flies.

  126. Reply
    Shannon Ptomey

    Dr. my dog has had maggots on his backside and genitals and on his bottox for at least 3-4 days now. I lack money to take my dog to the vet do to bills and kids and I have shaved him balled and given him baths to wash off the maggots off his backside. I have put A&D ointment on him after each bath. My dog likes to chew his bottox raw. What can I do to help get rid of the maggots till I can take him to the vet when I get paid an help stop him from chewing his bottox raw in the future?

    • Reply
      Dr. Stewart

      I think you are doing what you can. You can try to keep more flies away from him after you bathe the maggots off. Use a pet friendly fly spray or keep him inside. Otherwise I would keep up the baths and ointment.

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