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5 Tips to Treat a Dog Wound with Maggots

August 26, 2018 | Maggots

Dogs like to run around outside and go into places where they should not go. What’s worse is they like to roll around on the ground and make themselves dirty. This could make them susceptible to attracting all sorts of insects, especially flies. For instance, if a dog’s fur happens to be covered with food or feces, then it will instantly attract female flies. All that has to happen is for the female flies to lay their eggs in the fur and then that dog will soon be infested with maggots.

It only takes about 3 days for the fly eggs to hatch on the dog. Once the eggs hatch, maggots make their way out and become larvae. These maggots will then start feeding on all the organic matter that they can. They will eat feces, skin, food, and whatever else is available. On a dog, the maggots will target their skin and any open wounds that may exist. Maggots just love feasting on the dead skin cells which exist inside of wounds. If your dog has any open wounds or if the maggot has caused a wound, then you need to treat your dog immediately to remove the maggot infestation.

The Top 5 Tips

To treat your dog for the maggots that are on their wound, you need to be careful. Obviously, it would not be a good idea to use dangerous chemicals or pesticides for two reasons. First, those chemicals could hurt the overall health of your dog. Second, you don’t want those chemicals getting into their open wound and causing them more problems. So, you need to think of natural remedies for treating your dog’s wound with maggots on it.

Below are the top 5 tips for treating a dog wound with maggots.

1) Shave the Hair – Before you even start applying treatments to your dog, you need to see how serious the maggot infestation is on their wound. The best thing to do in this case is to shave the hair off their wound. Use electric clippers to gently shave the hair off the wounded area. You should now see how deep the maggot infestation goes on your dog.  Also, removing the fur gets rid of bacteria that may be trapped there too. This is bacteria which may have attracted the maggots in the first place.

2) Use Tweezers – Since maggots are inside of the dog’s wound, you don’t want to just scrub it with a towel. That will only cause the dog more pain. The best thing for removing the maggots from the wound is tweezers. Use a pair of tweezers with a blunt nose on them to manually remove each maggot from the wound.

3) Wear Gloves – During the maggot removal process, your hands are going to be very close to the dog’s fur. In fact, your hands may rub up against the fur as you’re removing maggots out of the wound. For this reason, you’ll want to protect your hands by keeping them covered with gloves. Put some latex gloves on your hands before you start removing the maggots. That way, you don’t accidentally touch the maggots and risk injury to yourself too.

4) Wash the Wound – If you have manually removed enough of the maggots, use an antiseptic solution called Betadine to wash out the wound. Alternatively, you can wash out the wound with warm water too. If you choose the water wash approach, keep washing the wound and flushing it out for approximately 15 minutes. If there are any maggots still left in the wound, you should see them trying to leave. With your gloves still on, you can pick off any remaining maggots that you see. Continue to wash the wound so that you get any unhatched eggs out of there too.

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5) Antibiotics – The only thing left will be to give your dog some antibiotics to prevent or treat an infection. You can apply Neosporin or some other topical antibiotic to the wound or you can give your dog some oral antibiotics. After that, the dog will just need time for their wound to heal.

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