Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: SouthEast Texas
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To start with, you need to understand what you are dealing with....
Magots are the result of flies laying eggs in that open wound.
Magots don't lay eggs but another fly surely will. So your first order of business is to kill/remove the ones that are there, clean/disinfect the wound and apply a dressing/bandage.
As for getting rid of the one's that's there..... this is one time that you'll have to get fairly agressive in your proceedures. Pull 'em out, wash 'em out, or whatever else you have to do....but get them out of there.
We allready know that the wound contains dead flesh and that it bleeds easily.... so what the heck, scrape them things out of there. It won't hurt a thing, if it bleeds during the proccess. Matter of fact, it may prove somewhat beneficial.
Then dump on plenty of Peroxide because it's bubbling-action will get out dirt, maggot-parts and other stuff that a simple "washing" won't get out. You might even do that twice.
Once you are satisfied that it's clean in there, remove as much of the dead flesh as you can, rince it out well, pour-on some Betadine, smear-in some 3-in-1 and apply a dressing. Then wrap it with a bandage.
You'll need to do at least most of all that 3X a day.
A full dose of Ivermicin(sp?) wormer wouldn't hurt nothing either.
Any/all the above is assuming that you can't get a Vet to come out in a reasonable amount of time. Because, IMO, calling a Vet is the first thing you should do.
Did anyone mention to call a Vet?