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tonirian June 10th, 2007 01:23 PM

Puppy ate maggots - Answered by Dr. Van Lienden
 
My puppy was diagnosed with parvo 3 days ago. The vet said that she is doing great since she has been hydrating herself and eating by herself without us having to force her. She also has been taking her medicine and not throwing up.
But today, my husband cleaned out one of our trash cans (that has a little hole on the top)because he found it full of maggots. We have fixed the maggot problem by covering the hole so the flies can not get in there.
We had let our puppy outside to do her business while he was cleaning out the trash can.. he turned around and saw her eating maggots.

He grabbed her and brought her inside. Do you think it will harm her? We were planning on taking her to the vet tomorrow anyway to get checked out.. but I hope that the maggots didn't derail all of her process she has already made..

Can anyone tell me if her eating maggots is going to kill her?

badger June 10th, 2007 02:02 PM

I really doubt it. Maggots do not thrive in stomach acid. Think of it as another disgusting form of protein :eek:
They might give her a belly ache however, especially since she's recovering from a serious illness. If it were me, I would call an emergency vet for a definitive recommendation.

rainbow June 10th, 2007 07:17 PM

I agree with Badger and I don't think they will harm her. We are not vets here though so to really ease your thoughts I would call your vet and ask. Most vets have an emergency number when they are closed and the answering service would be able to contact him/her and ask them to give you a call. Good luck and hope your puppy has a complete recovery. :fingerscr

tonirian June 10th, 2007 07:25 PM

Thanks y'all. It doesn't seem to bother her and we did connect a vet and he said that she should be alright.

rainbow June 10th, 2007 07:40 PM

That's good to hear. I hope she completely recovers from the parvo. :fingerscr :goodvibes: :goodvibes: Also, welcome to the forum and we'd love to see pics of your little girl. :dog: :pawprint:

petdr June 20th, 2007 04:09 PM

Eating maggots, while a very repelling image, usually will not cause any lasting harm in an immunocompetent individual. Obviously, what maggots eat to sustain themselves can be vile and infectious. If no vomiting/diarrhea/fever shortly after ingestion (48 to 72 hours), then no harm done.

Dr. Van Lienden

Dr. Raymond Van Lienden DVM
The Animal Clinic of Clifton
12702 Chapel Road, Clifton
Virginia, U.S.A. 20124
703-802-0490

vsica September 15th, 2007 11:32 PM

my dog ate dogfood with maggots
 
I read the other threads about the dog who ate the food with maggots in it. My dog did the same, but, she threw it up right afterwards. Is she still okay you think?

mummummum September 16th, 2007 07:06 PM

How is she feeling today ?


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