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German Shepherd bleeds from mouth and owner is horrified when they discover why

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When the owner of a German Shepherd spots their dog bleeding from the mouth when it eats, they decide to take the dog to the vet. But the vet makes a shocking discovery.

By Zoe Monk , 23 Oct 2019

The loveable 14-year-old German Shepherd cross starts to worry its owner when it appears that the dog has trouble eating. Every time the dog eats blood will start to run out of the poor pup’s mouth.

Understandably, the owner becomes very worried and takes the dog to the vet.

Lump in the gum

At the veterinary clinic, the vet examines the dog’s mouth and sees that its teeth need an urgent clean. But the vet soon realises that that may not be the real source of the problem. There appeared to be something in the gum on the lower jaw.

The vet decided that they had to operate on the dog to enable them to get a closer look at what was going on in its mouth.


The vet made a small incision into the gum and using their surgical forceps tried to grab whatever was inside the lump. The vet had to make several attempts before finally being able to grab onto something.

They pull it out and at first, it looks like a small grain of rice.

Shocking discovery

But when the vet puts whatever it is on the operating table it starts to wriggle about and soon becomes clear that it’s not a grain of rice. It’s a live maggot!

Gradually, the vet brings out more of the wriggling white maggots out from the dog's gums.

Once all the maggots are removed, the vet stitches up the incision.


The German Shepherd was then given a course of antibiotic treatment and a dewormer. Thankfully the dog was able to make a full recovery.

Graphic video

The vet clinic posted a video of the moment they extracted the maggots from the poor dog’s mouth.

Maggots in the gum

By Kostas Panagiotidis: "Maggots in the gum. Shepherd mix 14 y/o. The owner noticed blood drops after each meal ... Teeth cleaning and polishing was done and a reschedule for further treatment. Antibiotics and selamectin for the worms (it's an unknown mix so no ivermectin)."

Posted by I Love Veterinary Medicine on Friday, June 8, 2018