Post by mustelidmusk on Jun 18, 2009 8:52:57 GMT -5
I hate to be a party-pooper, but one of my ferrets picked up a potentially dealy parasite while on a walk. It's important to be aware of this risk and examine your ferrets daily for parasites if you take them outside. Of course, you should be checking your ferrets for lumps., bumps, etc. whether or not you take them outdoors. In any event, please read about cuterebra fies in the medical section. Hopefully, you won't ever require the info, but it certainly doesn't huret to be aware of the risk.
*bump* I just came across this while looking for ideas to get Sophie and Velma playing.... The weather is nicer and most of us and our animals are outside more so I was thinking it was a good idea to re-visit this and when our fuzz are outside to make sure we give them a good going over when they come back in...not just for these nasties but for ticks and fleas too!
Post by mustelidmusk on Jul 23, 2010 9:31:55 GMT -5
Checking for bugs after going outside is a critical part of avoiding a lot of nasty issues. I've calmed down about the cuterebra larva burrowing into my baby's tummy, but my husband will always suffer from the chronic lyme disease we've been managing for over 15 years now. It's very ugly and something nobody wants to deal with.
So...protect your brats and yourself! If you're out in a grassy area that may be prone to ticks - be sure to check for those nasty little buggers that can ruin your health. Check your clothing and shoes in detail. The tick that got my husband came home with him on the airplane and latched onto his shin the day after he had returned from Minnesota. We figure it was hiding in a crevice on his running shoe ad decided it was hungry the next day. This unfortunate incident has dramatically changed our lives forever
Post by mustelidmusk on Aug 30, 2010 22:40:51 GMT -5
Well, here's an update on the cuterebra fly larva that decided to burrow into my little Tomichi's belly skin...
Tomichi is now 5.5 years old. Initially, the location where the larva burrowed into her skin healed perfectly. Years later, Tomichi has a scabby irritation at the site where the larva entered her skin. I had been giving Tomichi the reishi mushroom up until about the first of the year. I stopped the mushroom to evaluate her adrenal condition. anyway, the reishi has an antihistamine effect. when the reishi is not given, the allergic reaction that 's associated with the cuteretra larva flares up. So, even though the larva was removed at a very early stage, enough of the larva protein was left behind in Tomichi's skin to leave a residual allergic affect, which was quiesced by the reishi.
Post by sunnyberra on Dec 17, 2010 22:25:52 GMT -5
oooo, one of our dogs, Bandit (akita and shepherd mix) had this as a puppy when someone dropped him off at our door. We had to "suffocate" the maggot (advice from our vet) by dipping a rag in boiling water infused with alcohol and then later witch hazel and holding it to the cyst. We had to do it until the cyst dried up.
It was a miserable, miserable time for that poor guy (sadly gone now, congestive heart failure) and for us, but it worked, luckily.
The bot flys are bad here during the summer it's a major pain to keep the horses clean but when they get them we just smear a thick grease like p jelly over the opening and they will back out so they don't suffocate.
Post by mustelidmusk on Dec 21, 2010 17:00:00 GMT -5
I would imagine they can get quite a few nasty parasites just like dogs, cats, and people. I know they can get heart worms, tape worms, round worms, and a bunch of other icky things - even brain worms.