Saturday, October 5, 2013

1181. How to remove maggots efficiently?

Each vet has his or her own way of removing maggots from the dog's anal area.
Some take a very long time as they don't have good planning. A video will be produced soon.

How to remove maggots efficiently?
Each vet/vet assistant has his or her own way of removing maggots. I notice many tend to take a longer time to do it. Time could be spent on other work as there is a lot of administrative work to be done.

To remove them efficiently and properly without the owner needing to return for a second operation, there must be a systematic process.


Tools of the trade - chloroform, curved tipped forceps, cotton buds (not swabs), kidney dish, 20-ml syringe and water. Tip of cotton buds with chloroform is inserted at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock for 2 minutes. Maggots will crawl out for fresh air. Pick them out with forceps and put into the kidney dish.


Pain relief enables safe removal of maggots as the dog may bite the staff. It is a painful process.
In this 14-year-old dog with heart disease, I used 25% of calculated dose. Not sufficient to knock out but there was pain relief.

Put dog on table top to make work easier for the staff rather than bending down

360-degree scan before handing over. Dead maggots may be there. 

Medication and anti-fly powder. Groomer to clip hairs short.

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