Hamworthy Hedgehog Rescue

Infected wounds and fly strike

Bit of a nasty one this.

We had a juvenile male hog dropped off this afternoon, following a call asking if we could take it. We were told that it was in a bad way with a head wound, dehydrated, had flies all over it and smelled.

He had been found yesterday, but not handed in until today. At this time of year, it takes approx 4 hours from flies eggs being laid until the maggots hatch. If we’d had this chap yesterday we could have saved him a lot of pain and discomfort.

It is vital that hogs, especially those with wounds, are taken to a rescue or a vet as soon as possible, as in almost every case, they will get fly strike. It is much easier to clean wounds before this happens. They can also suffer organ failure and die from shock and dehydration if not treated soon enough.

When I examined him, he had big manky scabs on the top of his head and face, and they were moving… A sure sign of fly strike and maggot infestation.

I gently cut the scabs away from the hair, and wiped off a ton of pus before spraying the area with a special spray for dealing with fly strike. It is an amazing stuff, and you can see the maggots evacuating the wound immediately, hundreds of them.

Using mascara brushes, tweezers, cotton buds and pads and a head torch I cleaned the wound of pus, flies eggs and maggots, then flushed it out with saline solution followed by Prontosan.

He’s had 60ml Hartmanns subcutaneously, antiobiotic and pain relief injections. He is now in one of the ICU’s resting.

I will give him some more Hartmanns later on.

As the wound is nice and clean now, I hope it will heal well, though there are some very deep puncture wounds. He also has swelling and bruising to the right side of his body

The wounds were caused by dog or fox bites.

The photos were taken after a lot of the clean up had been done so that I could get him cleaned up as quickly as possible to reduce the stress imposed on him. One or two do show maggots in the wound.

4 Responses

    1. Absolutely not, it would kill the hog. Hedgehogs need special products to treat them, over the counter pet treatments, fly sprays and household disinfectants are toxic to hedgehogs.

  1. before spraying the area with a special spray for dealing with fly strike

    What is the name of the fly strike spray. Also have a young male with fly strike and one small but deep infested wound. Possibly a bite wound.

    1. An injured hog, like any injured animal, should be taken to a vet to have it’s wounds treated. Maggots in a wound can cause systemic poisoning and infected wounds can turn to sepsis very quickly without the correct antibiotics and treatment.

      I strongly recommend taking the hog to a vet rather than trying to have a go yourself.

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