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maggots in my dogs food
We get a lot of flies during the summer into our house and the other day i discovered where they are laying there eggs as i went to clean out my dogs food bowl (which i do every morning when i feed her) .i found 2 dead maggots in her water and then i looked at what she left of her mixture of dry and wet food and it looked like it was moving so i went out and dumped it. I clean it out everynight before i go to bed now and i still find the beginnings of maggots. is there anyway to get them to stop growing in her food or do i just have to live w/ it until the weather cools down?
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Try feeding an all-in-one dry food accompanied by plenty of fresh water and as woofgang says, when the dog has finished eating, remove the bowl straightaway. Never leave uneaten food (especially the wet canned variety) lying around on the assumption the dog will come back and finish it. The dog will find it as unpalatable as you would if you left a half-eaten midday meal out in the sun and had to eat it for tea. The water bowl should also be rinsed out and refilled several times a day too.
You say that you are giving dry & wet food. Make sure that any food in cans or bags is well covered/sealed as the flies could be getting at it before you even put it out for your dog. You only have to turn your back on open food for seconds & a fly can have laid eggs in it. I give my dog dry food (which he eats at once) & the bag is only opened to take out his food & then folded over & over & clipped tight.
Both my dogs have a wet and dry mix of food at 6.00ish each evening. They both eat about half of it and then go back at about 9.00 and finish it off. I don't pick it up as they sometimes go back earlier. I don't think three hours matters if the food is indoors in a fly free area.
Terriers are notorious for being small eaters and often don't 'gobble' down all their food in one go like other dogs, so they wouldn't get a decent amount of food if I took the dishes away as soon as they had their first portions of food.