DISTRESSING footage captured the stomach-churning moment worms were popped from the flesh of a dog riddled with parasites.
The Tour and Meyer Veterinary Clinic in The Gambia, West Africa, has a YouTube channel dedicated to mangoworm removal.
The gruesome procedure of getting rid of the parasite is shown in graphic detail on camera has proved surprisingly popular among viewers – with the channel gaining more than 157,000 subscribers.
In this particular video – seen by more than 1.2 million people – a couple have brought in their pet, named Sebastian, to be looked at by the vet.
The poor dog appears to be in distress, his ears infected and a major flesh wound on his side.
“This patch here is very inflamed and very painful, when you go near it he jumps,” the vet, who is filming, tells the dog owners.
“We will have to make him relaxed otherwise it will be a bit too cruel.”
After giving the dog anaesthetic, the vet begins to remove parasites that have buried themselves into the dog’s flesh.
“There are so many in the same location that they don’t know where to grow anymore,” he says.
“Can somebody collect the worms please?”
He squeezes the dog’s flesh together and a massive number of thick fat mangoworms burst from its flesh, leaving gaping holes in its skin in the aftermath.
Mangoworms are the larvae of the mango fly or skin maggot fly, common in east and central Africa.
The vet explains that the case is a particularly bad one – and viewers seem to agree.
“That was insane, that poor baby. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like having that many maggots literally eating me alive,” one person commented.
But despite the harrowing content of the clip, some viewers inexplicably said they found the footage mesmerising.
“This is like the next step on from spot popping vids,” one viewer said.
Another said: “God I know it’s gross but I cannot stop looking. I actually want this job.”
On a bright note, the pupper came back to life from his horrific condition and now is feeling so much better !