Botfly Larvae Reduction From A Poor Kitten’s Nose

Check out this this video about this Botfly that we removed from a tiny kitten’s nose this morning! Botflies are the larvae of a type of large fly. The flies lay eggs in the skin and the larvae grows and emerges when mature from the pet. Luckily this one was easy to see and remove! The kitty will be fine with some antibiotics and rest.

Removing botfly larvae from a cat’s nose is a delicate procedure that should ideally be performed by a veterinarian. Botfly larvae, also known as maggots, can cause serious health issues if left untreated. Here are the steps that a veterinarian might take to remove botfly larvae from a cat’s nose:

  1. Sedation or Anesthesia: To ensure the cat remains calm and still during the procedure, the veterinarian may administer sedation or anesthesia.
  2. Cleaning the Area: The veterinarian will first clean the area around the cat’s nose to reduce the risk of infection.
  3. Extraction: Using specialized instruments, the veterinarian will gently extract each botfly larva from the cat’s nose. Care must be taken to avoid damaging the delicate nasal tissues.
  4. Antibiotics: Depending on the severity of the infestation and any potential damage caused by the larvae, the veterinarian may prescribe antibiotics or other medications to prevent or treat infections.
  5. Wound Care: After the larvae are removed, the veterinarian may provide wound care to ensure proper healing of the affected area.
  6. Follow-Up: The cat may need to be monitored and receive follow-up care to ensure that there are no complications or recurring issues.

It’s important to note that attempting to remove botfly larvae yourself without proper training and equipment can be risky and may cause further harm to the cat. If you suspect that a cat has botfly larvae infestation, it’s best to seek immediate veterinary care. Prevention, such as using appropriate flea and tick preventatives, can also help reduce the risk of botfly infestations in the future.