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What is the treatment "wolf" in a cat's neck?

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What is the treatment for a "wolf" in a cat's neck?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Treatment for a wolf larva is as follows:

1) The breathing hole should be gently enlarged and the larvae carefully extracted with forceps.

2) Daily routine wound care should be provided - cleansing the surrounding area with over the counter chlorhexidine (Hebiclens, e.g.) and applying a triple antibiotic ointment such as Polysporin or Neosporin. If Bob will allow flushing the now empty cavity with the chlorhexidine, please do so daily.

3) If secondary bacterial infection is suspected (a significant amount of pus is seen), appropriate systemic antibiotics should be administered for 10-14 days - amoxicillin-clavulanate (Clavamox) or a cephalosporin such as cephalexin - both are prescription drugs available through Bob's vet.

4) The prognosis is good but wounds tend to heal slowly over 3 weeks. The condition isn't contagious from cats to other animals or to people.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Ray,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin