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May 7th, 2009, 11:41 AM
My sister got a Shih-ztu puppy (2months) and is going to get his booster shots and such. The Veterinarian suggested de-worming. I have never had to get my dogs dewormed in the 8+ years i've had them so, my question is: If a dog isn't showing any outward signs of having worms (scooting, worm segments in poop or on bum) do you need to get them de-wormed?

Also, If they are not infected with these parasites is it dangerous to give the treatment?

May 7th, 2009, 11:43 AM
Many, many puppies will contract some kind of intestinal parasite (worm) from their mother. De-worming is standard procedure for all puppies. Dogs that spend any significant amount of time outdoors, and especially those inclined to get into gross stuff (poo, dead things, dirty water, etc.) should have their feces tested at their annual exam for parasites. Dewormers given to pups is perfectly safe.

ETA, with the exception of tapeworm, which sometimes leaves visible segments around the anus, most parasites can only be detected via a microscopic exam of the feces (looking for eggs, larvae)

May 7th, 2009, 11:49 AM
Ok, I will pass this on!
Thank you!

Dr Lee
May 7th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Also some worms encyst within the mother's muscle. Thus the mother can be free of all intestinal parasites. The mother's hormones trigger the encysted worms to transmit the worms to the puppies. Thus a de-wormed, worm free dog can have puppies with worms which are not only contagious to other dogs, but also humans.

Deworm all puppies and kittens and follow up with a fecal test for the safety of not only the pets, but the humans too.

May 8th, 2009, 08:07 AM
I deworm once a year regardless. We even take the human deworming stuff just to be safe. So the boys arn't the only ones :crazy: Just the thought of worms gives me the creeps :laughing:

May 15th, 2009, 11:14 AM
If your sister hasn't had a dog before, warn that de-worming means just that. 3 years ago when I got Buddy, nobody warned me and I was totally disgusted by what came out of my precious puppy. Especially as I had spaghetti that night for dinner!!

I have him de-wormed yearly now, but never had a re-occurence. It must have come from his mum.