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Worms Inside Plush Dog Toy

A reader discovered an infestation of brown larvae in plush dog toys. The larvae were even able to miraculously survive a wash in the laundry machine. We think that our reader should throw out the toy and replace it with one that is worm free! Continue reading [...]
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Could Pet Dog Have Spirocera Lupi?

a reader in Israel is nervous that her dog has been infected with Park Worm. We recommend that she take her dog to the vet as soon as possible. Continue reading [...]

Reader with Worms Emerging from Skin Needs Immediate Medical Attention

A reader wrote to us in an understandable frenzy because she has white worms (or worm-like things) coming out of her skin. She included the following picture: Continue reading [...]
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Could A Pile of Worms on Driveway be Sciaridae (II)?

On August 13, a reader sent us this picture of a mass of living worms on her driveway. The worms were wiggling and had a black dot at one end of each worm. She was concerned that the mass of worms could have been vomited up by one of her dogs, which had been exhibiting symptoms of illness, but we think these Fungus Gnat larvae (Sciaridae) came from the lawn. While the shiny mucal gloss on this mass may have caused her concern about the worms having been passed by her dogs, it’s actually the very thing that allowed this mass of larvae to move as one onto her driveway. Although the adult Dark Wing Fungus Gnats (Sciaridae) live on the types of fungal growth that grow in overwatered lawns and potted plants, the larvae will sometimes move in a ‘slick’ of mucous secretions they Continue reading [...]

Could a Pile of Worms on Driveway be From Dog?

One of our readers was walking her dogs when she noticed a pile of something on her paved driveway (photo shown above). She believed that the pile, which was the size of her hand, was composed of worms. These worms were about a centimeter long with a black dot on the end Continue reading [...]

Pupae Found Near Dog Kennel

One of our readers reached out to us because her brother found some interesting creatures on his carpet. His puppy's kennel normally covers this particular swatch of carpet, but the kennel gets moved between two different houses regularly. When he moved the kennel recently, he noticed about 10 reddish brown organisms. There weren't any on the dog itself, or in the kennel, just on the carpet. Here is what they look like: We believe these are pupae! A pupa is an insect that is in between the stages of larva and mature adult. During this stage, the insect appears inactive to the outside world as it undergoes transformation. Insects that go through the pupal stage experience four total life stages: embryo, larva, pupa, and imago. Depending on the insect, pupae may look different and Continue reading [...]
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