Yeah heres a new one for ya. Went outside to visit my parents really old farm dog today. Shes nearly blind, mostly deaf, and can not stand being inside. They got her at a year old and she was raised as a literal Farm Dog, so she was hooked on the outdoors and we were never able to get her to relax inside so instead shes always had a run, a tree, and a dog house, but they ofcourse force her to come in when its cold or raining. And yes i'm well aware of the fact that dogs do not belong solely outside but shes not mine and this is how she has lived her life for almost 16 yrs. So enough about that...
I roll her over today and find she has maggots and flys allllll over her "goodies", or her vulva to be specific. Vets are closed so she'll be off to the vet first thing in the morning. We rinsed her with water which was obviously painful and we've locked her inside weather she likes it or not. So i'm wondering if any of you rescuers or shelter people have seen maggots on a live dog and know what might help until she gets to the vet?? We thought about using rubbing alcohol but figured she would've just about died from the pain since water alone was painful.
I would clean the area with a gentle soap like ivory. Dry it completely. If there is hair in the area, clip it or cut it as short as you safely can. You will need to check her all over. Sounds like blow flys. They like to lay there eggs in rabbits and cattle, but sometimes they use puppies or older dogs. We actually had to use hemostats to pull them out from underneath the skin of a rescue dog. If she is a long haired dog, she might need to be clippered all over. Get a good doggy fly replelant to keep on her. I use one made my Ark Naturals for my kids. We have terriable bugs in Colorado.
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Lovebug, that poor old dog.I agree with Windy. You could immerse her whole body in the bathtub,it might be a good idea, if she's not too scared. That way you could get her whole body clean and soak the area. I don't know if you have any anti- infammatory, antibacterial ointment or the like on hand,but you could try a big handful of that , using a rubber glove of course. If you happen to have anything with benzocaine in it, like vagisil, or lanacane, that would feel pretty good.You can also douse the area with peroxide too, it does'nt sting like alcohol does. Good luck.
I had a cockerspanial a long time ago and the same thing happened to her only it was on her sholder. She was 16 years old as well, blind and incontinent. She liked to lay in damp holes in the yard to keep cool even though she could come into the garage which had A/C at any time. The infestation occured literaly overnite because I had bathed her 3 days prior to the first magot discovery. We took her to the vet and they said it would take surgery to clean them all out and get her back together. Unfortunately due to her old age and other ailments her chances were not going to be good and would have suffered as well. We opted to end the suffering for her, it was her time. It was very sad and an awful thing to happen to a dog. I hope that things go well for you at the vet. We learned that older convalecent dogs just don't scratch like younger dogs and make good targets for the flys. So in future all dogs that spend more than an hour outside get fly spray and older dogs get it every day. Let us know how things go. I'm routin for ya :)
Thank you all for your advise. We made her as comfortable as we could overnight and she went straight to the vet this morning. Apparently her kidneys had failed or were failing and so she'd been wetting herself which is what brought on the maggots and such. There was nothing they could do so we put the poor gal to rest, brought her home, and buried her under her tree this afternoon. This is the first time i have had an animal die and she been around since i was 6-7. I hurt my ribs trying so hard not to cry, i couldn't breathe :(
I think we'll nail her collar to the tree above her grave.
So so sorry, I know that it's tough to loose a dog you have had so long and in such a horible way. You did what was best for her though. I feel for you. Glad you brought her home to burry her. She will appreciat that and you can visit :)
Yeah you know we figured she'd go pretty soon but to have it arise in such a nasty way was not cool. I feel bad that no one could tell and no one knows how long they were on her and geez they just had to go for her lady parts :(
She was in alot of pain last night but we couldn't tell if it was because she was dying on the inside or if it was from the rawness the maggots had caused. I know shes fine now though, its just odd to look out at thier back porch and not see her there cause shes been there for-freaking-ever. And her food bowls are still there and her run is still up and she dug out under the porch and that space will always be there left just the way she dug it :(
Lovebug- i'm soo sorry to hear about your pup. sounds like she had it rough there at the end. i hate that she suffered but at least you found it and ended her suffering. things will get better, it just takes time. i lost my puppy, one of the loves of my life just 3 weeks ago and i still miss him like crazy. but i have learned that to keep him here for my company while he suffered was not right and it was his time to go be with God. Feel better soon and bless you!