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Maggots can help heal horse wounds by feeding on dead, damaged or infected tissue allowing new healthy tissue to grow more quickly, a study has shown.

Conducted by researchers at the University of Lyon, the study analysed 41 horses with various lesions including foot injuries, limb lacerations, soft tissue abscesses and musculoskeletal infections.

It found that in less than one week, the application of maggots to the wound healed all but three cases as they were complicated by pre-existing damage.

Lead researcher Oliver Lepage, from the University of Lyon, said: These results show that maggot therapy potentially has an integral place in modern veterinary wound care. It can be used to treat many types of lesions."

It may seem strange to put a maggot on a clean wound, but actually they have been used in this kind of treatment for hundreds of years. They destroy and digest bacteria and so have a kind of anti-bacterial effect.

This result of this latest study is an important approach in equine wound healing.

Posted by Tina Murphy

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