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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience.
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My name is ***** *****; I found a pink worm burrowed into my

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Customer: My name is ***** *****; I found a pink worm burrowed into my cat's back.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: It looks like a worm. It must be painful because my cat doesn't want me to touch his back. iS THIS DANGEROUS, SHOULD I TAKE HIM TO THE VET.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I believe you're seeing the larva of a Cuterebra fly - a "wolf larva". It's not an emergency but let your cat's vet gently enlarge the breathing hole and extract the larva with forceps. You'll then be instructed on daily routine wound care.

Cuterebra flies lay their eggs near rabbit runs and rodent burrows. Hatched larvae crawl into the fur of a mammalian host, enter the host through a natural body opening, and migrate to a subcutaneous site. Infestation appears as a solitary, 1-cm diameter, non-painful, subcutaneous swelling that fisulates (larval breathing hole). The lesion is usually located on the head, neck, or trunk. It's likely to be secondarily infected if your cat is acting painful. The appropriate systemic antibiotic will be prescribed his vet .

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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