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Hello, I'm Dr. Kara. I have over 20 years of experience as a veterinarian and I'd like to help. Please give me a moment to review your concerns.
I understand that you are concerned, and disgusted, that your pup Peaches ate part of a maggot in the park today.
While certainly not appetizing to us maggots are larvae, and those are almost pure protein, so dogs would see that as a delicious delicacy. I would not recommend that dogs eat maggots, but part of one will not be an issue and should be broken down easily by her stomach acid.
It is possible that Peaches will have stomach upset from eating something rich and different, but this won't hurt her.
I am sorry I cannot help with a phone call. The states/province I am licensed in do not allow me to communicate via phone calls, unless I have previously physically examined a pet. I could lose my license for doing so. If you would like you can reply via this venue and ask any follow-up questions and I will be happy to respond to them here.
Hartz Ultraguard flea and tick prevention kills fleas and ticks, it is NOT a wormer.
Most gastrointestinal parasites are not visible to the naked eye, so just because you don't see them in the stool doesn't mean your dog is clear.
The two exceptions are roundworms (the adults look like spaghetti, but are not commonly passed in stool), and tapeworms (look like grains of rice). Both of these are big enough to be seen in the stool
No wormer gets all parasites. I generally recommend that dogs be given a heartworm pill that has a wormer too, like Heargard Plus or Sentinel. If you do that then many of the common worms will be covered.
Or you can choose to use a broad spectrum wormer like Drontal Plus every 4 months. This is a prescription product though.
Over the counter wormer pyrantel kills hookworms and roundworms, which are the most common worms picked up from the environment.
Hi My name is***** have been trying to call you on the phone as requested but I am getting your answering service.
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No problem whatsoever, I will be glad to cancel the phone call.
Good luck with Peaches.