Pet Owners Beware!

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As we all know, summer is ending. We have been swimming, having lemonade stands, seeing all of our friends and going on vacations. Unfortunately, your pet may be infected by a parasite.

As we all know, summer is ending. We have been swimming, having lemonade stands, seeing all of our friends and going on vacations. Unfortunately, your pet may be infected by a parasite. These parasites are present in late summer and early fall, and cause more of a threat when there are lots of rabbits or rodents around.

 

This parasite is cuterebra and it is the larval stage of the fly. They are also called botflies and use animals for their life cycle. The adult flies lay their eggs on soil, stones, or plants and when an animal comes into contact with the eggs, they stay on their fur. The eggs hatch and either penetrate through the skin or enter the body by going through a natural opening, such as the nose. As the larvae goes under the skin, it attaches and makes a hole to breathe. This is the time when most people notice it. This botfly can grow up to 1 inch long. They exit about 30 days later and turn into a fly. There is possible danger if they enter the lungs or heart.

 

My dog got it, and at first, we all thought it was just a mosquito bite until my sister thought she saw something moving around. We went to the veterinarian and sure enough, it was a botfly. He insisted we take them home in a sandwich bag. Luckily, they were close to my dog's skin and were easy to take out. You should never try to remove these on your own because they can cause worse damage and make your pet sick.