- A disgusting video of a veterinarian pulling out a giant parasite from kitten’s nose has gone viral
- The parasite is called a Cuterebra, which attaches itself to cats and dogs that spend a lot of time outdoors
- Although the process of removing the Cuterebra looks disturbing, the viral video has a happy ending
The Nebraska Humane Society shared a disturbing video showing a vet pulling out a monster insect from the nose of a poor kitten. The video was released to serve as a warning for pet owners about a fly parasite called Cuterebra which infects cats and dogs.
Pets that spend a lot of time outdoors are more susceptible to this creature. The fly parasite would lay its eggs on the fur of a cat or dog which will then use the pet’s body heat in order to hatch the larva.
In some cases, a cat or dog would accidentally lick the eggs and swallow them. The insect could also burrow itself into an animal’s skin or cavity and enter its body through an open wound.
“It’s cuterebra[sic] season here at NHS and last week we had a little dilute tortie (tortoiseshell) /white kitten come in with one of these perpetrators in an unusual place,” the Nebraska Humane Society posted on Facebook.
In the gross video clip, Dr. Elizabeth Farrington – the shelter vet – pulled out a Cuterebra from the nose of a stray cat which had a swollen nose and had difficulties breathing. The larva of the fly parasite resembles a huge slug.
According to Nebraska Humane Society, an advanced-stage larva of the Cuterebra can grow as big as the size of an adult thumb’s first joint.
If your pet has this type of swelling, extracting the insect yourself could be dangerous.
“Squeezing the lesion with your fingers can rupture the larva and cause an infection. The larva should be removed as a whole piece, rather than in parts, in order to reduce the pet’s body’s reaction,” the Nebraska Humane Society explained.
Although the process of pulling out the giant insect from kitten’s nose is difficult to watch, the ending might be able to give you some warm and fuzzy feelings. - Kami Media