As mentioned in the Tick Bite thread, we discovered 2 tiny larvae on Pablo's coat on Saturday. Took him to the ER Vet because his little bite location started to ulcerate and also told the Vet about those nasty larvae (2-3 mm long). We came to the conclusion, that he must have scooped it up with his hair somewhere in the grass/woodsy area here. It definitely wasn't tapeworms.
I get home and take him out for a quick potty break before I had to head out. Well guess what plops out right after his poop drops. A more mature looking 'larva' (5mm, black tip, very motile, cut off looking butt, segmented). I picked it up with a zip loc and compared it to hookworms, tapeworms and also maggots.
I thought it looked A LOT like maggots and called the ER Vet again. They told me, it's unlikely that it's a maggot if it moves because they don't survive in the GI-tract and the acidic juices. Phew, OK, so I'm relieved yet puzzled as what else it could be. Let me tell you that I only slept 3 hours and dreamed DH had 3 of those creatures on his pillow, pulled it from under his head and through it on the floor.
So I call the Vet and they tell me to bring the stuff in. I did and the assistant came back
'you were right, it IS a maggot'. So I dropped the maggot pooper off, they are going through every mm of his coat (which I do on a daily basis), check his anal glands, bathe him in medicated stuff and give him Capstar which is a flea killer also inofficially used against maggots.
I'm in shock. From my understanding, maggots infest necrotic (dead) tissue which he obviously has none of. I read online again and it seems that sometimes when dogs have diarrhea/sticky poop that stays in their hair for a little too long (talking about second-minutes), flies can lay eggs on it and maggots can arise. Pablo (like any other Hav) does have poopy butt every now and then, but I usually either clean/rinse it off right away if I have water/wipes on me or back home we go for an immediate butt bath.
I'm devastated, I'm so paranoid about him being bug free, clean, not drinking/eating anything off the ground, etc. and yet this occurred. One more thing to put on the 'to worry about'-list.
Please learn from my experience clean your Hav poopy hair INSTANTLY, especially if you live in a green/woodsy and warm area like we do.
Will keep everyone updated, sorry if I grossed you out.