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Old 12-03-2012, 11:41 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Great news, glad to hear it's healing up. What a crazy freak incident, yuck!
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Ack! This happened to me just last night!!!

For a week or so now Fable, my mix breed, has had a little red spot on the apex of her ribcage. She would lick it every now and then but really it just looked like a mostly healed owie. Between her job and how had my guys play it's not unheard of for someone to get a bump or scratch.

Anyhow, last night I look over and she's dozing on her back, that spot was all wet where she had licked. So I get down there and really start investgating it, she had opened it a bit with her licking and the was a smaller brownish spot in the wound. Out comes the peroxcide, cloth, and flashlight so I can get a better look. A squeeze at it a bit to check for infection and out pops a bot fly larve.

Grossest thing ever!! Sucker was alive and wiggling, it got flushed. I shaved around the wound and cleaned it out. It already looks a ton better and I can tell it's not itching her anymore.

But now everytime she licks herself or gives herself a quick scratch I leap up to check the spot she's licked/scratched. She thinks I'm nuts.

I think I'm scarred for life.
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Ack! This happened to me just last night!!!

For a week or so now Fable, my mix breed, has had a little red spot on the apex of her ribcage. She would lick it every now and then but really it just looked like a mostly healed owie. Between her job and how had my guys play it's not unheard of for someone to get a bump or scratch.

Anyhow, last night I look over and she's dozing on her back, that spot was all wet where she had licked. So I get down there and really start investgating it, she had opened it a bit with her licking and the was a smaller brownish spot in the wound. Out comes the peroxcide, cloth, and flashlight so I can get a better look. A squeeze at it a bit to check for infection and out pops a bot fly larve.

Grossest thing ever!! Sucker was alive and wiggling, it got flushed. I shaved around the wound and cleaned it out. It already looks a ton better and I can tell it's not itching her anymore.

But now everytime she licks herself or gives herself a quick scratch I leap up to check the spot she's licked/scratched. She thinks I'm nuts.

I think I'm scarred for life.
Aagghhh so gross!! That's almost exactly how Raven's started out, a little red spot that I thought was a spider or ant bite. So nasty! Did you scream? Lol....I sure did!! And now I keep checking everywhere on Raven too...poor guy.
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Okay, now I'm really squirming, another forum poodle had a fly bot attack?! Glad both poods and their BRAVE owners are alright. Just wondering about prevention in the future. mom24doggies, did your vet want you to do or use anything different than you may already?
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My old vet how was an old country vet told us to use ivermectin for cows and hogs and it's always worked(do not give to any colie breeds)
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Okay, now I'm really squirming, another forum poodle had a fly bot attack?! Glad both poods and their BRAVE owners are alright. Just wondering about prevention in the future. mom24doggies, did your vet want you to do or use anything different than you may already?
Nope, he said it was looking good and would heal up fine on its own.
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I'm so glad I knew what it was once it burst out at me! I got my BA in Wildlife Science, and it's not uncommon for the people researchers to get them when they are in Central & South America. I can't imagine what I would have done if I hadn't known what it was!
I (think) both of us are in TX if that helps ease anyone's worries. *sigh* TX can be down right cantankerous, what between the fire ants and the bot flies and other insect life.

As far as I know there is pretty much nothing that can be done to prevent them from getting onto the dog. The flies lay the eggs on blades of grass and they get on animals as they pass. They also can directly lay eggs, but I think that's more uncommon. They are more common in areas rodents & rabbits frequent.

ONce they dog has them you can treat of course. I use Ivermectin as heartworm preventative, but I'm not sure if the dosage is different for bot fly larve. However, if you do dose a dog with larger bot flys, then the dog could get a massive infection (from the dead/decomposing larve stuck under their skin). So while I think it's good to treat to prevent growing/kill at first, they really need to be removed once they are there and growing.
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Just be careful with the ivermectin, collies and collie types aren't the only breeds that can possibly have issues. The ivermectin sensitivity is caused by a gene mutation MDR1 (multi drug resistance1 I think it's called) Even humans can have it.



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I apologise for the hijack, but this is a problem I have dealt with personally with my own dogs.

So glad Raven (and Fable) are ok. If it helps, we've removed many, many of those nasties from cattle and horses, too. Did you get a picture before you had it meet it's maker?
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Ok, so when I am freezing my behind off and grumbling about the freezing cold and snow and missing living in Austin, I will remember this thread and grumble a bit less since it seems to be a warm state thing. Glad your dogs are doing better.
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OMgoodness! When I worked at a groom shop we used "Tea Tree Oil Shampoo" all the time! We never had a dog react, but wow! that is scary!

As for the fly larvae...yuck!!! My horse once had a lump on his lip/chin. The vet lanced it and there were about 3 bot fly larvae in there.
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