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7/20/07-Tyler

East Texas Dog Killed By Flies

When Todd McEachern would have one of his epileptic seizures, he could always count on his dog, Lacey, to see him through it.

"She would sit next to me and watch me, and then coming out of the seizure, she would start licking me in the face," says Todd.

On Monday, Todd noticed she was limping in excruciating pain. Under her thick black coat, he found a huge abscess in her skin.

"I was digging into her hair, and that's when I saw the larvae in her body and up in her hair. As I got to looking at her wound, you could see the bone. They had eaten all the way into her bone," says Todd.

It's called "fly strike."  

Dr. Paul Gainer with Flint Veterinary Clinic says it starts when animals have untreated wounds.

"Flies are drawn to compromised tissue. They will lay their eggs in compromised tissue, and in 24 hours, those eggs will hatch into larval maggots which then feed off that compromised tissue," says Gainer.

He adds, "If you catch it early enough, you can turn off the problem real quick, but  it gets bad in a hurry."

In Lacey's case, it was so bad she had to be put to sleep.

"She was almost like a daughter, and it's going to be hard to not have her around here," says Todd.

Now, he's warning others so more animals don't needlessly die.

To prevent your animal from getting fly strike, the most important thing is treat any wounds immediately. Flush them out daily with soap and water. If you suspect there is an infestation, seek veterinary assistance immediately.

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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