I brought home a 6 month old bernese mountain puppy that had been dumped up at the stable. His teenaged owner had snuck up there during the night and left him tied up in front of the stable owner's trailer with a note saying, "Gone to Florida, be back in 18 days". He was scared to death, wouldn't eat or drink and his nose, ears and belly were bloody with fly bites. After we got home he ate and drank and drank and drank. I gave him a bath and my daughter took the rake to him and pulled out a ton of wooley undercoat.

She also discovered that he had bot eggs/larvae on him. I called the vet and she said we could try a flea comb but she would recommend shaving him. I'm going over him with a #1 guard on the clipper but it's slow going. And I'm horrified at the thought of missing even a single egg. Is there anything else I can do to ensure that they're all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?
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And I'm horrified at the thought of missing even a single egg. Is there anything else I can do to ensure that they're all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?

I had never heard of Bots (other than 'bots!). Google them (as I needed to, to figure out what they were!) and you should get some remedies.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I brought home a 6 month old bernese mountain puppy that had been dumped up at the stable. His teenaged ... there anything else I can do to ensure that they're all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?

I recommend that, upon his/her return from Florida, that teenaged owner be tied up in front of that same trailer...for 18 days.

Poor little puppy - and how wonderful it is that you are taking care of him.
I assume there's no way his owner could get him back upon return ... is there?
FurPaw

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
To reply, unleash the dog.
His teenaged owner had snuck up there during the night and left him tied up in front of the stable owner's trailer with a note saying, "Gone to Florida, be back in 18 days".

Rat ***! He better not be expecting to be able to claim "his" puppy back when he returns.
He was scared to death, wouldn't eat or drink and his nose, ears and belly were bloody with fly bites.

Poor, poor puppy!
She also discovered that he had bot eggs/larvae on him. I called the vet and she said we could try a flea comb but she would recommend shaving him.

I've never heard of botflies affecting dogs. Since they commonly affect horses, maybe you should call around to places that cater to horses to see what they do? Hopefully, horse-safe stuff is also dog safe.
I'm going over him with a #1 guard on the clipper but it's slow going. And I'm horrified at the ... there anything else I can do to ensure that they're all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?

A quick google search turned up that people can get it too, if they're not careful. Hope y'all are wearing Tyvek suits (or at least gloves). One of the things I found mentioned is Ivermectin gels/paste for topical application, and there was some mention of stuff that can be given internally to get rid of stage 2 bot larvae (in horses, not dogs, of course).
Suja
I brought home a 6 month old bernese mountain puppy that had been dumped up at the stable. His teenaged ... there anything else I can do to ensure that they're all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?

Here's what I'd probably do:
I'd find a way to rig the rope (or whatever the little maggot used to tie the pup to the trailer) to look like it had snapped, came undone, etc., and then I'd re-attach one end of it to the to the trailer, making it appear that the pup had somehow escaped.

Or just learn how to say "What dog? We didn't see no steeenkin' dog."

Then I'd make the pup disappear into thin air.
Yeah, I know. It's theft. But I'd soon learn to live with it.

Note: Whatever you do now about the bot eggs/larvae will be for naught if you return the pup to his owner. Within days he'll be re-infected with bot flies, eggs/larvae, and God knows what. Year-round treatment would be necessary to prevent re-infestation in areas where they are omnipresent (like anywhere there are horses, for one).

Note: I'd have him shaved, because that would make it much easier to find the little critters. And then use something like: http://www.healthypets.com/ovplfltibots.html

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Kathleen,
I don't have an answer for you about the bots. I am so glad you took the little fella home with you and are caring for him. I have been thrashed soundly (at RPDB) because I stole a Doxie from my neighbor and took it to a Doxie rescue after their first Doxie froze solid in it's dog house. I would do the same thing if the same situation occurred.
You would not be stealing this little dog IMO it would be a matter of the owner abandoning it. That is exactly what he or she did. Please try to make this dog disappear.
I have seen a lot of raggedy dogs, but never with fly bots? Good Luck.
Be Free..Judy
Note: I'd have him shaved, because that would make it much easier to find the little critters.

With respect, that's way overkill. If the OP used warm water to bathe the not-so-little guy, the eggs have hatches and the larvae have already been washed away. (Bots are designed to hatch when the eggs are licked by a horse or other animal, because that's a handy way to get your newly-hatched bot-self swallowed. They develop in the innards of the host, get pooped out eventually, and transform into "flies" the size of your thumb. Well, the size of my thumb, anyway.)
The yellow egg casings aren't particularly attractive, but they won't do any harm.
His teenaged owner had snuck up there during the night ... note saying, "Gone to Florida, be back in 18 days".

Change the note to "Gone to a new home, be back when hell freezes over" and let the puppy sign it. Or mark it. Whatever.
Note: I'd have him shaved, because that would make it much easier to find the little critters.

With respect, that's way overkill.

I'm known throughout the civilized (and not-so-civilized) world for my "overkill," Mary.
So I agree with the vet ("shave him"), who's also known throughout the civilized world for her "overkill," too.
Maybe not everywhere, but in any critical areas, just to be certain.
Change the note to "Gone to a new home, be back when hell freezes over" and let the puppy sign it. Or mark it. Whatever.

Hear hear!

Handsome Jack Morrison
Must-read for members of the "reality-based" community: http://www.slate.com/id/2172152/fr/rss/
Editor slams Newsweek's "highly contrived" global warming story! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20226462/site/newsweek/page/0/

Watch a "reality-based" economist melt down, while demanding a taxpayer bailout of his rich buddies on Wall Street! http://bigpicture.typepad.com/comments/2007/08/cramer-pleads-f.html

New Scandal Erupts over NOAA Climate Data!
http://www.dailytech.com/New+Scandal+Erupts+over+NOAA+Climate+Data/article8347.htm

Let's hope that this message takes hold, and soon: http://hotair.com/archives/2007/08/09/video-moderate-muslims-sing /

Why "liberal" doesn't quite fit:
"In the short term, this reflects the failure of the Republican Party to secure its hard-won victories. In the longer term, this may provide a new opportunity for the heirs to authentic liberalism - today's conservatives - as they often thrive when lovers of big government, by whatever name they go by, overreach." http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2007/08/why-liberal-doe.html

"Reality-based" Rabbi Defends Michael Vick:
http://www.debbieschlussel.com/archives/2007/08/dumb liberal lo.html

"The main proponents of 'universal coverage' want to throw more money at the current health care system, which strikes me as unwise. I believe that the 'universal coverage' mantra is dysfunctional for the same reason that 'more money for public schools' is a dysfunctional mantra for education. When your current approach is digging you into a hole, the sensible thing to do is not to dig faster. It is to stop digging." http://www.tcsdaily.com/article.aspx?id=080607B
And I'm horrified at the thought of missing even a ... all gone or killed? Some sort of dip or shampoo?

I had never heard of Bots (other than 'bots!). Google them (as I needed to, to figure out what they were!) and you should get some remedies.

They're not nearly as prevalent in dogs as they are in horses but I got a chance to see one up close and personal. When I was 16 my parents went out of town. While I was grooming Tess (BC) she yelped and flinched when I touched a lump on her side. I brushed the fur out of the way and took a close look and was appalled to see something moving inside a hole in the lump.
I had her to the vet in about 5 minutes flat and he confirmed that there was a bot fly maggot in there and that we'd have to be very careful getting it out. If you rupture the worm it causes a massive tissue reaction. So he's trying to tease this... thing out of a hole in my dog while the vet tech and I held her still. Then the tech retched, and set the vet and me off as well. Nobody actually puked but speaking for myself, it was a near thing.
When he finally got a grip on it and pulled it out it was maybe an inch long and as thick as the tip of my pinky finger. Left a dime-sized hole in her flank that had to be monitored and medicated three times a day. Sometimes there's more than one.
So when DD told me the puppy was infested I was thoroughly freaked out. And his coat was so thick and wooley and heavy that I had zero confidence in my ability to spot and remove them with a bot knife (like a nit comb). So when the vet said she'd shave the dog if he were her's I decided to do that. It would not only get rid of most of the creatures, it would make it a whole hell of a lot easier to monitor his skin.
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