Dog owners only hope to have to visit the veterinarian for routine care, but there are a lot of other reasons canines have to make trips to the vet, most commonly:
- Ear infections,
- Skin allergies,
- Dental disease,
- Hot spots.
However, for dogs in other parts of the world, there are many unique threats that could cause them serious harm. Something as seemingly harmless as a fly can cause life-threatening consequences.
One puppy was rescued and taken to a veterinary clinic where it was found to have hundreds of parasites taking over its body.
The Cordylobia anthropophagi, also known as mango flies, are a serious enemy to dogs and cats in the West African country of Gambia.
This parasite of large mammals, even humans, finds a host during its larval stage. The female mango flies tend to lay their eggs in soil or damp clothing and hatch in 2 to 3 days.
The larvae then seek out a warm body as their host, which many dogs fall victim to when unsuspectingly lying among them. In fact, dogs are the most common domestic host of mango flies.
The larvae then penetrate the skin of the host, burrowing within, and then they eat their way out once they’ve reached full growth.
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