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Fly Strike

We had an emergency entry this afternoon, a hog had been trapped in netting in a garden. The finder spent 1.5 hours cutting it free and then gave us a call for help.

Tracy collected the hog, and phoned me whilst on the way home to get fluids and fly strike cleaning kit out.

The hog is in a bad way, massively dehydrated and has constriction wounds, plus a deep wound all under her neck, which is infected and full of fly strike.

The fly strike is in her ears, up her nostrils, all around her neck and throat and her back end. Her eyes were so full of fly eggs that the eyes had disappeared. I had to squeeze her eyes like a zit, and the eggs were coming out like pus from a cyst.

We gave her 80ml of Hartmanns to start with, and cleaned as many of the fly eggs as we could off, but it was difficult as she was curled up. Not wanting to stress her further, Tracy took her to the vets to be gassed down so that her wounds and the remaining fly strike could be cleaned.

We are not very hopeful for this poor girl.

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