How do I know if my dog has a botfly? A small lump underneath the skin with an opening (breathing hole) may be noted. If your dog has a bot fly, they will have sneezing, nasal discharge and coughing as typical symptoms. The best prevention for botfly infections is to keep your dogs away from rabbit and rodent burrows!
How do I get rid of bot flies on my dog? The veterinarian will use a tool to safely remove the botfly from the tissue, being very careful not to squeeze too much or rupture the larvae. It is possible that the veterinarian may prescribe an antibiotic once the botfly is removed, depending on the seriousness of the infestation.
What happens if you leave a botfly in a dog? A botfly wound probably won’t be obvious right away, but will get bigger as the larva grows inside your dog’s body. Other visual symptoms might include discharge, bleeding, or a skin abscess. Behavioral symptoms can include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, or scratching and licking of the area.
Do bot flies hurt dogs? Most pups develop an abscess or infection on the skin even after the fly has left their body. As they travel through the dog’s body, botfly larvae cause inflammation in their paths. Affected areas include the brain, eyes and surrounding tissues, trachea, the nose, and the larynx.