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People involved in animal rescue work have to deal with seeing some extremely disturbing things. The staff and volunteers who work at Vet Ranch are no exception, in fact they often take in the worst of the worst cases. They work with a number of animal shelters and rescues to provide emergency medical care and treatment for all sorts of animals that have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. The non-profit has helped countless animals survive unimaginable odds and given them a second chance at life, all thanks to their dedicated network of veterinarians and from donations that help fund the programs and projects they run.
The poor kitten in this video ended up at Vet Ranch when Dr. Karri, one of their veterinarians, rescued him and his siblings from a shelter. She had originally noticed that he appeared to have eye trouble and that something bad was going on with him. However, as you’ll soon find out, the little white kitten that she ended up naming Speck was dealing with something much, much worse.
This clip shows the moment when Dr. Karri went to check out poor Speck’s health problems. She gently picked him up and saw there was definitely an ulcer in his eye. At the same time, she also noticed he had a large hole in his head where a fly larva had burrowed into him right near his ear. Consider this a warning; the video is graphic and pretty disgusting, but at least in the end the kitten will finally have relief.
Anyways, it turned out that Speck had a nasty parasite, what’s known as a Cuterebra, living in his ear. You can see it moving and breathing in the hole and if that doesn’t give you the creeps, I don’t know what will. The stomach churning creature comes from an adult Botfly, which regularly uses people and other animals as the host for their parasitic larvae. These larvae burrow under the skin, oftentimes undetected, and remain there as they feed on flesh and grow bigger. Besides pain and discomfort, the parasites can cause a number of problems in people and animal such as infection or anaphylactic shock. In addition, when the larva is eventually removed, a big enough opening must be made to get them out and so further incisions are often necessary.
To treat Speck, Dr. Karri put him under and then went about extracting the larva with a pair of forceps. This is something you just have to see for yourself to fully understand the nature of it and I’d rather not go into detail. In the end, with a steady regimen of antibiotics, care and cleaning of the resulting wound, and eye drops for the ulcer, Speck will be as good as new and back to full health in no time! All of his pain and suffering will soon fade away and he’ll finally have a chance to live life like a care-free kitten once again.
If you haven’t heard of Vet Ranch yet, be sure to check out their website and Facebook page. Little Speck is just one example of the amazing work they do for animals who are most in need.
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