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my dog is infested with maggots around her tail and under her

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my dog is infested with maggots around her tail and under her , creating soars. what can i do for her? i am not in the postion to take her to the vets.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. K replied 5 years ago.

Dr. K :

Hello,

Dr. K :

Maggots only take up home on an animal, when that animal is severely debilitated.

Dr. K :

When there is a wound or area on the dog with dying or dead skin, the maggots will then feed on this.

Dr. K :

Maggots ONLY eat dead or dying tissue...so the fact that they are there, is evidence there is a serious problem.

Dr. K :

Your dog will need to have the area that is infested with the maggots, carefully examined and the maggots removed.

Dr. K :

Then the reason for the dead tissue will need to be found and corrected.

Dr. K :

There is no "home remedy" for dealing with maggots, unforunately.

Dr. K :

If you are unable to take your dog to the vet for financial reasons, there are many organizations that can help with this.

Dr. K :

I am going to list them here for you.

Dr. K :

American Animal Hospital Association 
http://www.aahahelpingpets.org/home 
" Through the AAHA Helping Pets Fund, veterinary care is possible for sick or injured pets even if they have been abandoned or if their owner is experiencing financial hardship."

Angels 4 Animals 
http://www.angels4animals.org/ 
"Our services range from financial aid to complete treatment 
to those pets and pet owners in need."

Care Credit 
http://www.carecredit.com/ 
A credit card company for health care, including veterinary care. 
"With a comprehensive range of plan options, for treatment or procedure fees from $1 to over $25,000, we offer a plan and a low monthly payment to fit comfortably into almost every budget."
God's Creatures Ministry 
http://www.all-creatures.org/gcm/help-cf.html "This fund helps pay for veterinarian bills for those who need help."



Help-A-Pet 
http://www.help-a-pet.org/home.html "Our efforts focus on serving the elderly, the disabled, and the working poor."

IMOM 
http://www.imom.org/ "We are dedicated to insure that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged."

The Pet Fund 
http://thepetfund.com/ "The Pet Fund is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit association that provides financial assistance to owners of domestic animals who need urgent veterinary care."

Dr. K :

You can also try contacting your local humane society or animal care and control shelter (a government office) and they may be able to assist you in getting proper medical attention for your pet.

Dr. K :

If you have any further questions about this, please just let me know and I would be happy to address them for you.

Dr. K :

If not, then please click on the "accept" to show that you were pleased with your service.

Customer:

Thank you for the help. However, I have another question related. Her weight is severly high and mobility is low. All this happened with the last four months. Is there anything you personally recomened?

Dr. K :

This is actually a separate question, and should be asked as such.

Dr. K :

If her weight is very high...in such an elderly dog...this can put a lot of stress on the joints. This can, in turn, result in a worsening of any arthritis pain, which occurs commonly in dogs.

Customer:

What do mean by that, payment?

Dr. K :

This can be addressed with appropriate pain control medications, and with weight reduction plans...that can be designed by your vet.

Dr. K :

This issue, however, is secondary to the more pressing issue of the maggot infestation.

Dr. K :

That should really be dealt with first.

Dr. K :

I would consider that an emergency.

Customer:

Should we contact one the sites you recomended?

Dr. K :

Yes...with payment...on this website....the fee you offerred at the beginning was for the question you posted.

Dr. K :

Additional questions are then asked separately with separate fees.

Dr. K :

Follow-up questions that pertain to the original question here...naturally, would be addressed on the same fee as the first question.

Dr. K :

Yes, I recommend that you contact the websites I listed above to help you with obtaining veterinary care for Beethoven.

Customer:

Ok, well thank very much for the help. Is there anything else before I continue on?

Dr. K :

I think I have covered everything.

Customer:

Ok, thank you.

Dr. K :

If you have no further questions pertaining to the maggot issue, then I wish you good luck with her.

Dr. K :

I hope she feels better soon!

Customer:

God bless.

Dr. K :

Please remember to click the "accept" to show that you were pleased with your service.

Customer:

Yes.

Dr. K :

God bless you and Beethoven as well. :)

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