Maggot debridement therapy for laminitis

Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract. 2010 Aug;26(2):447-50. doi: 10.1016/j.cveq.2010.06.002.


Maggot debridement therapy is a nontraumatic, minimally invasive method to treat infections in a foot compromised by chronic laminitis. A mechanical strategy must first be in place to address the instability of the distal phalanx and hoof capsule. Adverse reactions to maggot debridement therapy are uncommon and the only side effect observed has been irritation or hypersensitivity at the site. Chronic laminitic cases of sepsis/necrosis within the hoof benefit from this procedure due to the noninvasive, continuous debridement and healing properties provided by the larvae.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Debridement / methods
  • Debridement / veterinary*
  • Diptera
  • Foot Diseases / therapy
  • Foot Diseases / veterinary*
  • Hoof and Claw*
  • Horse Diseases / therapy*
  • Horses
  • Inflammation / therapy
  • Inflammation / veterinary
  • Larva