I am so confused. Last night sparkles was laying her fat little body out in the hall when I noticed a patch of missing fur with what looked like a bee-bee size hole on her side. I scooped her up and the wound was hard. (around a nickel size) I lightly sqeezed the area and tan smelly drainage came out of it. I cleansed with peroxide and thought I would check it today. This morning I lightly squeezed the wound again and more drainage came out, as well as I noticed it actually looked like a deeper hole.
My husband took her to the vet today. The vet said it was probably a fly larvae that embedded in her skin. A what? I said a maggot? The vet said no...(what's the difference?) The ved made a small incision and cleansed the wound. He didn't seal the wound. We are to put an ointment in the wound 3 times a day for 5 days. He also put her on an oral antibiotic. I feel so bad for her. She is an indoor cat. How in the world did she get this? She is also on the Program injection as well as the topical ointment for fleas and stuff. I thought this stuff was to prevent flies and other pests from bothering her. I feel absolutely terrible. My house is by no means dirty. Our animals are extremely well taken care of. I just am sick for her. What can I do to prevent this from happening to the other 2 cats. I am at a loss right now? Thanks for any suggestions or help....Sad Sparkles
We found a kitten once that we assumed had been bitten by a dog. It had two holes on its neck. I cleaned them that night and thought they would be fine till a vet apt a couple days later. Next day I noticed something moving around in one of the holes! Makes my skin crawl thinking about it!
Took her right into the vet and he said it was a warble(sp)larvae. That they lay their eggs in wounds. He got it out and some lady at the vets office ended up adopting her.
Joce..I should have known better sending my husband..lol! He doesn't ask the correct questions. The wound looks gross! It is open now, but I guess that is how it heals. I will have to call the vet tomorrow. I worked 12 hours today and never got a chance to call. Sparkles is at least acting like herself. She is running from me and won't let me get close to her. (lol) It is sad I have to wait for my 10 year old daughter to catch her for me. I am totally creeped out by the thought something was crawling in her. There was only one hole on her side. I am not sure if it was a bite. I feel bad for her. I will have to post what the vet says tomorrow...thanks for the thoughts....
I had the exact same thing happen to an outside cat I had. They said some type of insect landed on him, and dropped the larva. He had 6 places on him, and it looked like actual maggots when they cut them out. Ughhh so nasty. He had 6 at 3 different times, they said there was NOTHING you could do to avoid it since he was an outside cat. Needless to say he because an inside cat after the $500 vet bill LOL!
Sounds like Sparkles may have had fly strike. If there is a fly or two around they will lay eggs on a pet and the eggs will burrow under the skin, where they will hatch. They are usually found when you notice a hard lump underneath your pet's skin and when opened, a worm will be seen. We have dealt with this a couple of times and it's not serious if caught early. Clean the wound with perxiode and apply antibiotic ointment.It should be better in a few days. My daughter's pet is in-house only and had to deal with this. The neighbor lady's Pom also had fly strike and the vet removed worm and cleaned wound and gave shot of antibiotic. So, tell Sparkles not to worry!
Thanks to all. I am happy to report Sparkles is healing well. He wound is now closing up nicely. She is almost done with her antibiotics and is quite herself. She is going to be fine. I just feel really bad b/c I thought the Program and Advantix was to prevent the insects from bothering her. Anyways, my daughter is happy b/c sparkles is sleeping up tight against her again...and loving on her all the time.
It happens and it has absolutely nothing to do with how clean or dirty your house is. When I got my cat as a kitten, he came with one. It was exactly as you describe. swollen, hard, perfectly round bb hole.
I live in the south, and my grandfather grew up in a time and place where they ate whatever they could catch and kill-- including possums and squirrels and all kinds of "critters." He knew exactly what my cat's problem was, and was quite familiar with it. He called it a "wolf", and he said that they couldn't eat squirrel or rabbit during certain times of the year because they would be infested with those. It is indeed a larva, or worm.
I took Squash to the vet and the vet removed the worm with tweezers and showed it to me. Yep, definitely a worm. But don't beat yourself up-- it could happen to anybody.