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  • Maggots on wound near anus on horse
  • How to get rid of maggots in horse wounds

 
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    05-11-2008, 03:10 PM
  #11
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by HaflingerCowGirl
I was putting bluekote on it to keep the flys out but she got the maggots anyways. The powder stuff the vet gave me did nothing and he said there was no need to give her a shot. I just wormed them last month some time with ivermectin. I'm going to call a diferent vet this time and clean it out really well....sadly I get sick easily with this kind of thing so I will get someone to assist me. Is the wrapping really a good thing? I was told not to do that because it won't let it dry out.
The suggestions that I gave you are "First Aid" measures. They aint medical proceedures, as a Vet would give. As far as that goes, a Vet may or may not even agree with everything I said. But there's a few things here that are for sure and for certain:

1). The blue-stuff you were using didn't keep the flies out. Nor did the "powder stuff".....hence the maggots. That being the case, I would discountinue their use. In fact, if I'm guessing right, had it not been for them magots eating the puss and dead flesh, you may have worse problems on your hands, than you do now.
2). You are going to have to take the neccessary steps to clean-out whatever dirt, forgien bodies and/or dead flesh are in that wound. And then ensure that they stay out. The only way that I know of to accomplish the latter, is to dress and bandage it.
3). I realize that under most conditions, Peroxide aint the best thing to use for cleaning. But .....it is the only thing that I know of that will lift and (float-out) residue which normal washing leaves behind.
4). The Betadine and 3-in-1 that I suggested are both very good anti-bacterial agents and neither will cause any pain or discomfort to your horse. Applying the 3-in-1 will also have the side-benefit of not allowing the dressing to get stuck to the horse's open wound.
If your horse won't stand still while you work it into the wound, then saturate the dressing with it before applying.
5). At this particular point, whether or not the wound "dries out" is not your primary concern. Cleaning-out that wound, and ensuring that it stays clean, is.

And FWIW..... I think you are on the right track, about consulting with a second Vet. Getting a second opinion is never a bad thing.
I would do that immediately.

Hope this helps.
DGW
     
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    05-11-2008, 03:59 PM
  #12
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by HaflingerCowGirl
I just wormed them last month some time with ivermectin.
I'm sure you already know, but I just thought I'd mention that deworming only works with parasites INSIDE the horse - it won't help with parasites on the outside.
Get the horse cleaned up ASAP - maggots in a wound is not a good thing.
     
    05-11-2008, 10:46 PM
  #13
Yearling
Ok, so you need to :
1. Get rid of the maggots--you can spray the area with a pyrethrine spray designed for horses but before hand clean out as many maggots as you can by hand and clean the area well. The maggots will at least help clear out the dead tissue--that's what they eat. And it may take a few days of cleaning and spraying to kill them all.

2. Keep the wound clean---bandage it after cleaning and spraying. Do this daily and keep it bandaged until the wound is healed unless otherwise advised by your vet.

3. Treat for any local infection---once you get the maggots cleared out, start cleaning the wound daily and applying a plain triple antibiotic ointment to the wound.

4. Minimize irritation to the wound--bandage, antibiotic ointment and stall or small paddock confinement. This will help the wound heal more quickly and better.

Get a vet out....either your regular one or a new one to make sure that there isn't something else going on with this wound.
     
    05-13-2008, 12:48 AM
  #14
Foal
BATHE IT IN WARM SALTY WATER AND THEN WRAP IT!!!!!
You don't need special antibiotics and stuff it is quite simple. KEEP IT CLEAN!!
     
    05-13-2008, 10:27 AM
  #15
Foal
Maggots eat dead tissue, so they are not going to hurt your horse. As disgusting as they are, consider leaving them in until you get a vet. There are times in hospitals where they do apply maggots, as they only eat the dead tissue. They are good for cleaning out infections and what not.

So as gross as it is, you don't have to worry about them hurting the leg or the good tissue. However this is a sign that it is not being kept clean, so, as others have already said, so I'm not really helping here, call the vet, and get them out there pronto.

Let us know what happens!
     
    05-13-2008, 12:47 PM
  #16
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryle
Ok, so you need to :
1. Get rid of the maggots--you can spray the area with a pyrethrine spray designed for horses but before hand clean out as many maggots as you can by hand and clean the area well. The maggots will at least help clear out the dead tissue--that's what they eat. And it may take a few days of cleaning and spraying to kill them all.

2. Keep the wound clean---bandage it after cleaning and spraying. Do this daily and keep it bandaged until the wound is healed unless otherwise advised by your vet.

3. Treat for any local infection---once you get the maggots cleared out, start cleaning the wound daily and applying a plain triple antibiotic ointment to the wound.

4. Minimize irritation to the wound--bandage, antibiotic ointment and stall or small paddock confinement. This will help the wound heal more quickly and better.

Get a vet out....either your regular one or a new one to make sure that there isn't something else going on with this wound.
Ryle, I love that you're on the HorseForum!
     
    05-13-2008, 08:19 PM
  #17
Yearling
The only problem with just leaving the maggots and letting them have free rein until the vet gets out to see the horse is that maggots will burrow. I have seen them enter at a cat's anus and burrow to his hip.
     
    05-13-2008, 08:23 PM
  #18
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ryle
The only problem with just leaving the maggots and letting them have free rein until the vet gets out to see the horse is that maggots will burrow. I have seen them enter at a cat's anus and burrow to his hip.
Yikes!
     
    11-14-2010, 08:53 PM
  #19
Foal
I know every one else is giving you a tone more advice then I can..
But I think that you should not worry to much about drying it out, but more on ceaping it clean and covered to prevent other foreign things getting into the wound.
Soooo a good thing would be to keep it bandaged.!
     
    11-14-2010, 08:56 PM
  #20
Weanling
This thread is 2 years old. I'm sure all has been resolved.
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