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rita hamliton wrote at 2008-06-09 23:47:37
Hi Hillary,My 3 month old kitten had a wolf worm.

At first I thought maybe he had stuck something in his neck,so yesterday I brought him i nside to see better and he had two holes on his left side of his face. Ihad already said I thought it was a wolf. my family thought I was nuts, they never had heard of one either. when I was a child I remember one of my dogs having one. my vets assiant told me was a wolf worm & she was surprised I knew what it was. there was a man in that said his grandfather use to take a fishing hook with some kind of something on the end of the hook to take them out.but the one that was taking from Sammie was very large & black. they saved it so I could see it. I wish I had ask her why he had two holes,Like I said I thought it was normally was only.


Arlene wrote at 2008-08-25 07:25:21
We have Yorkies who like to play in the grass out in our front yard. They have gotten these type worms on at least 5 occasions. There is a lump on their back,which my husband squeezes and a worm looking simialar to a large  maggot  comes out. We then put peroxide on infested area.I have never seen or heard of these before and they have been gross. Don't know  how to prevent this.


jules wrote at 2009-12-03 16:08:05
I always remember my grandmother putting terpentine on those and the worm would come out on its own.


Emilee wrote at 2010-10-02 17:22:37
Hello they are also known as a screw worm. I currently have a kitten with it. The vet said if you squezze it to much and push it down more into the kitten it could sever the spinal cord. He gave it dewormer and seems to be doing just fine but its sister hasn't so lucky. He also said it was mostly likly planted there by a fly which laid an egg on the kitten. Hopes that helps alittle!


Cheryl wrote at 2011-01-04 05:28:25
I had a kitten 4-6 months old show up at my house, nearly ago now. Of course being the animal lover i am, i took it in, without noticing a small hole underneth her neck,(very happy kitten), aweek past i begun to smell something from the kitten, she was outside alot, at that time, anyway i noticed a gapping hole(1/2 dollar size) in her neck, my husband took Henri(kitten) & poured hydro procide in the hole several times, Henri didnt mind at all, when he saw something whiteish tan poken its head up & down, with a pair of tweezers & more procide he got the Wolf Worm out, went to vet, antibocis & a very happy healthy cat. He saved her life..


this just happened wrote at 2011-06-10 22:23:48
Wolf worms are Bot fly larvea. They do not produce eggs or burrow into the skin. They enter through the mouth, nose or wound. The fly lays eggs at the nest or burrow of smaller animals. When the cat, in my instance, comes in contact with the chipmunk, again in our instance, the eggs eneter the cat. the larvae works its way through the digestive tract and finds its way through the body to the skin. There it burrows out, making a hole to breathe until it matures enough to exit. They can grow as big as an inch or so. Really gross. You have to be careful not to kill the larvae my squeezing it to try to get it out...or tearing it when removing. The "guts" of the larvae can cause severe infection and/or anaphylaxis(allergic reaction that can result in death). This is matter for the Vet.  


ballzee_babe wrote at 2016-06-20 02:24:03
First off youtube gives instructions on bot fly larvae/wolfworm removal. Apply and cover the outside end of the worm and it will die within a few hours making removal easier. Worm breathes through it's end. The worm will turn loose. Squeeze the bump so that the worm protrudes.. grab with hemostats or tweezers and pull out. Then fill  and wash the wound hole with a Betadine or IODINE (Peroxide and Alcohol can damage surrounding tissue) Then fill the hole with antibiotic ointment. Know it seems gross, but some of us cannot afford a vet bill and if the animal does not get sick and you can keep the wound from getting infected without a vet bill it is worth it. If the animal loses appetite or appears lethargic, please see your veterinarian ASAP.


Stephanie wrote at 2016-07-22 13:30:08
Bot fly is found in Central and South America.  Unless you travel there, you will not be exposed to the larvae.  Not the same as Wolf worm.  There are interesting differences.  I've actually had a bot worm in my leg from travels to Costa Rica.  :)




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I am very knowledgable in small animal health, care, and behavior. I have five cats, three ferrets, two birds, and a dog of my own, so I have a very broad spectrum in different domesticated species. I am also very knowledgable in disease, sickness, and ailments that are common among our pets, and also treatments. I am an extreme animal lover and am also a part of an animal rescue organization.

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I have been a veterinary technician for the past four years at both private and emergency practices. I belong to an animal rescue organization, and also am owned by alot of animals in my home! I can also answer any questions relating to orphaned wild baby birds. I am currently studying Veterinary Medicine.

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