Friday, January 8, 2016
A close look at wolves, warbles, botfly strike in animals
Watch this video of wolves or warbles in a squirrel. All of your animals have the potential to be infected by fly strike.
The larvae are implanted in the animals skin by the adult fly. The larvae grows there, leaving the animal with infection in the area. You can remove the larvae often by only squeezing it out from an open hole of the skin, but if the skin is healed over the infested area, you may need to make a small incision in the skin to push the larvae out.
Once the larvae has been removed, clean the wound thoroughly and apply a topical antiseptic or blue coat to the wound and keep it clean. You may find that the infection from it is bad enough to justify using antibiotics.