Ok this is going to actually be first post worthy of reading for the purely informative value and not only for my ever so subtle wit and charm.
I own dogs. When I say dogs I mean the kind who gnaw through raw cow ribs in under thirty seconds flat. They are great big smelly beasties and I love all of them. As is bound to happen one of the youngsters, my puppy, has know recently turned two and in doing so decided that he is big enough to no longer act in a submissive role to his sire / father. This was bound to happen so I have been keeping my eye out for the last six months or so and sure enough I discover the older male ( 85 pounds), slightly gnawed on with four puncture / bite marks all of about a inch in depth on his upper back near the tail. The puppy ( 115 pounds ), was unhurt.
I am always wary of the vets here in Brazil; they seem to only come in two flavor, excellent or undeserving of the name vet with not a whole lot of either in the middle. As the vet I do trust and try to frequent is now located across town I decided to go ahead with the home remedies. Per the Special Forces Medical handbook, an excellent item that I highly recommend as a companion to your home first aid kit, and the discovery channel I had been hearing about maggot therapy as a means to remove dead tissue from a deep wound in order to lower the risk of infection. As I donĀ“t have the time nor patience to try and hold the dog while cleaning his wounds daily, (while simultaneously trying to avoid wounds of the same type to myself), I decided to give the maggots a go. My major initial concern was how to get those damn fly to notice the wound but sometime during the day they noticed on their own which saved me alot of trouble and potential bad dreams for years to come.
One issue that I am still unsure of how may be approached intelligently is how to control the amount of larva laid in the wound. I left the entire wound area open for a day and then tried to cover is with tape and an ace bandage. (This covering didnĀ“t work btw). After giving the wound an entire day and night to do whatever it is those nasty creature do I checked back and found the horribly nasty sight of a large amount of tails wiggling. HOWEVER the wound did not smell and had a slight amount of free flowing blood. (Papercut quantity)