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WORMS?! Yuck!

March 23rd, 2008, 12:32 PM
When we bought Guinness our breeder assured us he had been dewormed. I don't know exactly what that word means, but I assumed that it meant he didn't have worms. Nevertheless, my vet gave me a Drontal tab to deworm him, and I fed it to him a few days later, because he was just getting used to a new food and hadn't been eating much at all lately (A dachshund eating between 1/3 cup, or 2/3 cup a day? I know, sounds crazy. And I had to hand feed him or he would not eat). When he started eating a bit better, I gave him the tablet hidden in some Cheez Whiz, he ate lunch, and later on at dinner. With dinner there was no potty, which I posted about in frustration last night. He did get sick once last night, but the Drontal can do that, so I paid no mind.
But when I woke up my boyfriend was already up and hadn't been watching him :frustrated: and he had had an accident on the floor... And there were worms!

Gross, white, long worms. I took pictures and started freaking, and called every vet in town until I found one that was open. Apparently, that was normal.

The vet should have warned me.
Is this something I should discuss with our breeder?

March 23rd, 2008, 12:37 PM
:eek: ewwwwww...poor Guinness...:sad:

I would talk to the breeder for sure, im sure the other pups have worms too then! maybe she did deworm, but it takes more than one dosage to ge rid of worms if they have them :shrug:

March 23rd, 2008, 12:39 PM
Sounds like roundworms.

Did it look like this:

Ain't google great.. lol

Toxocara canis - they look like spaghetti in a way don't they? (Hmmm, having spaghetti tonite. What a coincidence! lol) Reminds me of some of the stuff I had to dissect in school. :laughing::laughing:

From what I understand most puppies get these during gestation and that it's pretty standard to deworm pups for this reason.

March 23rd, 2008, 12:49 PM

thanks for the visual cearaQ :p

Dr Lee
March 23rd, 2008, 12:52 PM

It sounds like you have a normal puppy with normal puppy problems and a breeder and veterinarian that both did the right thing. 'Deworming' just means that antiparasitic medication was administered. Often with many puppies together, they can be reinfecting themselves as they are being treated. Also as was mentioned, often multiple treatments are needed so it depends upon when the pet was adopted during this process.

As far as the vet warning you, usually the medication will kill the worms, and the dead worms will be digested along with the food and no signs will be seen. Especially with the fact that the pet was already dewormed, it would have been less likely for you to have a bunch of worms on the floor. It was a good thing that your veterinarian dewormed despite the pet having been already dewormed.

I would recommend that you bring a fecal sample to your vet 10-14 days after the deworming just to make sure that no more 'eggs' are seen. Your pet can be 'normal' with normal looking stool and still have worms. Also most of the worms that your pet can have, can be contagious to humans!

Good luck.:pawprint:

March 23rd, 2008, 01:00 PM
Chibi - worms are completely normal. Nothing to worry about. Tapeworms are passed on by fleas. I would imagine he has been checked and has been put on some kind of flea control. Then there are roundworms, hookworms, etc....
I would be more concerned that the vet only gave you one pill. Did he give you another one to give in 10 days? Or did he say it was ok to give only one treatment? Sometimes it takes more than one treatment to get rid of all of the worms.
The breeder could have treated with an over the counter worm treatment which, in most cases, isn't worth the money you pay for it. -Website for drontal to explain what it is for.

These sites have lots of ideas for raising puppies. They are a lot like children. So much fun and so mischievous!!! :D Enjoy!!

March 23rd, 2008, 01:13 PM
Yes, he only gave me one tablet. I will ask for another when we go back next month.
And yes, he had those Roundworms. :yuck:

I'm glad it's normal. I was freaked.

March 25th, 2008, 05:23 PM
oh poor pup!!

You definetely need at least two rounds of meds! The medicine kills the adult worms, but not the eggs, so they are supposed to give you another round to give like 10 days later to kill the adults that are currently eggs!

I know it sounds so gross! The first time I dealt with them was with a foster, he had two: tape worms and round worms.

Definetely make sure the area he had an accident in gets disinfected really good, also be very careful with his droppings. (which i'm sure you are of course!!) Pick them up and wrap them up tightly when you throw them out. Make sure no visiting/neighbor pets or humans have a chance to get near his droppings.

And like the doc said, get another fecal done.