Friday, July 31, 2009

What will kill maggots on a baby kitten wound?

I am not able to get them pulled off with tweezers, they retract into the wound further when I try. The kitten is only 8 days old, a strays baby. Taking to the vet mon. morning, no emergency vets here. I thought maybe if somebody knew a non painful solution that will kill them, I could soak the wound.
The question should be, do you want to take them out?
I know it sounds gross, but maggots will ONLY eat necrotic tissue. So, if they're in there it's because there is an infection.
The maggots may actually be helping, especially if you can't get to a vet until monday. As a matter of fact, maggots have been used as a treatment for infected wounds for thousands of years.
Of course the vet will want to remove them and start the cat on antibiotics, but until you get there, leaving them in might be a good idea.
Here's a quote from the page linked below...
Maggot Debridement Therapy (MDT) is the medical use of pecially selected and tested, disinfected fly larvae ("maggots") for cleaning non-healing wounds.
Medicinal maggots have three actions: 1) they debride (clean) wounds by dissolving the dead (necrotic), infected tissue; 2) they disinfect the wound, by killing bacteria; and 3) they stimulate wound healing.
Historically, maggots have been known for centuries to help heal wounds. Many military surgeons noted that soldiers whose wounds became infested with maggots did better --- and had a much lower mortality rate --- than did soldiers with similar wounds not infested. William Baer, at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, was the first physician (an orthopedic surgeon, actually) in the U.S. to actively promote maggot therapy; his results were published posthumously by his colleagues in 1931. MDT was successfully and routinely performed by thousands of physicians until the mid-1940's, when its use was supplanted by the new antibiotics and surgical techniques that came out of World War II. Maggot therapy was occasionally used during the 1970's and 1980's, when antibiotics, surgery, and other modalities of modern medicine failed. In 1989, physicians at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Long Beach, CA, and at the University of California, Irvine, reasoned that if maggot therapy was effective enough to treat patients who otherwise would have lost limbs, despite modern surgical and antibiotic treatment, then we should be using maggot therapy BEFORE the wounds progress that far, and not only as a last resort.

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Super Glue sounds a little odd, but uh Hydrogen Peroxide should do it. Might sting for a second but it'd be better than letting the things multiply on that poor kitten!
o my god that is so so sad but if they were maggots then in 24 hours they would turn in to flies..right?
There are no vets that take emergency calls? Most vets do, especially when there are no er clinics in the area. A vet is a must, because you probably can't get them all and there could be eggs. At the shop I groomed at a Standard Poodle had them in his foot. It only looked like a few, but the vet found loads. Plus, they're there because of a wound...which could be infected. Please call around, get her in asap. Thanks for looking out for her, her owner obviously didn't!
ETA: Try a large animal vet that also see small animals, most/all do. I've never heard of a livestock vet that didn't take calls around the clock.
ETA: If you only want a home treatment, take her to a shelter/rescue so they can do it properly. There are plenty more that you don't see and can't get to, I guarantee it.
What ever you do don't use super glue, the ingridients could kill it, try the peroxide, but just a little, I will try to find an emergency vet website. Good Luck!
hermmm... poor kitten..
dont put super glue inside the wound. the chemicals could get into its system and hurt it. the super glue they use in medicine is a special bio-formula. anyways try hydrogen peroxide, but really maggots are not bad for a wound. they actually eat away the dead and diseased tissue and leave behind healthy tissue for the wound to heal. it happens in nature all the time. the kitten should be absolutely fine until you can get to the vet. they actually use maggots as treatment on people in hospitals when there is a wound that just will not heal. of course this is only in extreme cases and it is in a sterile situation, but the doctors used the idea from nature. ive seen this happen to a horse and he was fine.
DO NOT USE SUPER GLUE!! I cannot stress that enough! That will seal the wound. You want them out not sealed in. You need to get her to vet right away. I had a dog that was staying with my FIL and she got bit on her ear by a bug. After scratching it, it turned infectious and got maggots in it. Well, by the time they got her to the vet, it was too late. Please, if you really care, take her to an ER vet. It will cost you more but your conscious will feel much better
If the kitten is actually only 8 days old, with maggots, then this is a vet emergency, and even then prognosis is probably poor, even with the mother around. Most vets have some type of emergency service available, even if they do not provide it themselves. Call around, and listen to the recordings after hours. Even taking a 8 day kitten to the vet will require special transport conditions to keep the baby warm, etc.

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