Worm in wound!

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snoopy4

In Dogs

My dog got cut running through the woods 3 days ago. Small cut, seemed nothing to worry about. Last night he was trying to bite at it so we took a closer look and a WORM came out of the wound!!!!

It looked like an earthworm...3 1/2" long and brown in color.
Roger's acting fine. Appetite's good, stool's normal.
Calling vet first thing in the morning, but for now, has anyone ever heard of anything like that before?

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KimClark1980

In Dogs

Reply To: snoopy4

ewwww that is gross.  It doesn't sound like anything good.  Like all wounds, I would try and keep it clean.  Did you find anything out about what it might have been?

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snoopy4

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Reply To: KimClark1980

No, seems to be a mystery. The vet said exactly what you said...keep it clean. They said to bring him back if it gets infected which didn't happen. Oh, and they also didn't believe me when I said the worm came OUT of the wound. They said we must have been mistaken and that the worm was probably just caught in the fur! They were also very busy and seemed like they didn't want to deal with it. Obviously, they had never encountered that either!

That was a month ago, and nothing ever came of it but I am a little leary whenever we go in the woods. He swims in the river a lot and I think maybe that had something to do with it but I guess we'll never know!
Thanks for replying...
Snoopy4

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nascardoglvr

In Dogs

Reply To: snoopy4

A worm in the wound sounds crazy.  Maybe something crawled in there while he was sleeping.  Yuk, that send shivers down my spine..  Its like a horror movie, but with lots of worms,

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snoopy4

In Dogs

Reply To: nascardoglvr

Yes, I agree! Total horror movie! You'll notice the time of my first message....I had woken up and couldn't get back to sleep cuz I was so bothered by it. I couldn't wait for the vet the next morning. Unfortunately, no one else had ever heard of that either.

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mjz4043

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Reply To: snoopy4

I was checking in about a similar issue.  Our little dog was really worrying with a spot on her side and was licking it night and day.  She is a total house dog and only goes outside with us or for walks.  I normally leave this sort of thing to my husband because she lets me know who she belongs to, but today, I had her in my lap and started looking at the spot which was a hole about 1/8th inch diameter with something the color of pus in it.  I gave it a gentle squeeze and this live worm popped out.  It is ivory color with a dark head.  Freaked me out.  We flushed it down the toilet, squeezed out a little fluid, put some antibiotic lotion on it from the vet and now she is perfectly at ease again.  I doubt it was painful, but it sure annoyed the daylights out of her.  If this should happen again, and in my 65 years of owning a dog, I have never seen this before, I will check on it sooner. I believe this might be what they call a BOT fly.  I had heard of them, but no first hand knowledge before.....ewwwweeee, very gross.  Wonder if those things could bite a human and deposit their larvae in the wound.

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mjz4043

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Reply To: mjz4043

I should have described this worm better...it was a good inch long and very fat and had probably been under her skin for three weeks.  I hate for anyone to think we are neglectful, but her skin has a habit of growing cysts that the vet cleans out when we go and we thought this was what it was.

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