How to get rid of maggots in dogs with internal/oral medication?

If you find your dog scratching his body continuously then don’t ignore it.

Something is bothering your pooch for sure and you have to help him get rid of it. If this itching is on a wound, then the problem can be a serious one.

It’s possible that your dog has caught maggots and if left untreated, maggots can eat it away within days! 

So, as a responsible pooch parent, you should know how to get rid of maggots and what are the possible treatments you can opt for: 

Maggot infestation is a no joke. There is no specific oral medication to get rid of maggots but the treatment is way simpler. Take your pet to the vet and he will disinfect the wound and give oral antibiotics. The wound heals very quickly but you have to treat your dog as soon as you suspect maggot infestation in it. 

Have no idea what maggots actually are? And how they make your dog this sick? Follow this read and make your mind clear about maggots’ infestation. 

What are maggots and how they infest your dog? 

Some fleas grow on live animals and also inside their open wounds. The eggs get the required nutrients and after a few days, fly into the adult fleas. 

As painful as it seems, animals suffer a lot due to this flea infestation. One of the fleas attacks the open wounds if the wound isn’t disinfected. The wound might be as small as a pinhole but the fleas will find their way.

They start producing eggs quickly and the eggs hatch into larvae called maggots. These maggots start digging the wound and they eat the flesh of that animal. After around eight days, they become adults and fly away. 

Maggots usually infest cats, dogs, horses, and other animals. If the maggots have attacked your pet dog then you have to be really careful and treat your dog as soon as possible. Then you also have to take care of the dog much more than you used to. 

If your dog has a scratch or some kind of wound then clean it and bandage it. You can’t afford to let the wound catch maggots because maggots can harm the poor animal and it can die within just two days!

How to get rid of maggots in dogs? 

If you haven’t cleaned the wounds and covered them, then the wounds can be infested with maggots. Watch closely and see if you find white, small worms crawling inside the wound. These maggots need to be removed soon. Your dog would be in real pain and I’m sure you don’t want it to suffer. 

So, take these steps immediately and get rid of maggots safely. 

Take help from the vet

The first thing you have to do is to call a vet. Don’t experiment on your dog as it is already suffering. You surely need help from a professional as maggots can make your dog really sick within hours. 

The vet will decide what to do next. You can supervise and help him so that your pup does not freak out. Make your dog comfortable with the vet so that the treatment can be started right away. 

Disinfect the wound 

The vet will disinfect the wound with chloroform and turpentine oil. The mixture of both is really effective. After disinfecting the area, the vet will cover the wound with a cotton swab. Make sure no air enters through the cotton. The purpose is to kill the maggots as they’ll suffocate in the presence of a disinfectant and absence of oxygen.

Clear out all the maggots 

After a few hours, it’s time to remove the maggots. It’s done using some spatula and you (or the vet) have to pick each maggot from hand. Make sure you wear gloves so that you don’t touch the maggots. 

After removing the maggots, inspect the wound closely. If one maggot survives, it can dig the wound further and reproduce as well. So, not a single maggot should be there inside the wound by now. 

Take care of the wound 

After removing all the maggots and covering the wound, you have to take good care of it. Change the bandage every day. If the wound is deep then change the bandage two times every day. Look for any puss or infection and call the vet if you see some. 

Taking care of wound is very critical as if the wound is exposed even a little bit, the fleas can again invade and then the consequences would be worse than you think. 


Alongside this, your vet will recommend some antibiotics like Amoxillin. You have to give your dog the dose of antibiotics as prescribed. Antibiotics prevent any infection so that the wound can heal properly. Antibiotics are as important as the removal of all the maggots. 

If your dog is not taking the antibiotics, or is throwing them off, then call your vet. He will prescribe some alternate antibiotic as may be the previous one is not suiting your dog. 

Are there any oral medications for maggot’s infestation? 

No, there is no specific oral medication that can remove or kill the maggots and prevent further infestation. 

The only oral medicine that you have to give during the treatment is antibiotics. These antibiotics are not meant to treat the infestation but they prevent infections. 

Oral medications don’t guarantee the removal of maggots. You have to follow the treatment above that involves the removal of maggots by hands (with gloves on!) and antiseptics.

What if the dog is left untreated? 

If the dog is unfortunately not taken care of then the poor creature would die. The maggots continue to dig in and eat the flesh. If the infestation is in the head region then the maggots eat the flesh and reach the brain! It only takes a few days and the dog dies a painful death. That is why always watch your dog’s behavior closely. If you feel he is irritated and seems sick then there is something wrong for sure.

The Takeaway 

Dogs can catch some fleas on their unattended wounds that produce larvae known as maggots. These maggots eat the flesh of the dog and make it really sick. There is no specific oral medication to get rid of maggots but there are other effective ways (read above) to fight the infestation.

Maggots can literally eat the flesh of your pet so don’t ever leave the wound open, even if it’s very small. If you see maggots crawling on your pet’s wound then take serious steps to get rid of them immediately.


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