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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-17-2008, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Worms?

I know this is just as gross as poo eating---but.... A few days ago both boys had suspect business. Cash's had a silvery covering and Jasper's had the tell tale white rice grain looking thingy's and also silvery--both were loose-- it took a few days to get a samples to the vet and by time we went things looked normal again-- and tests came back negative. So can they get rid of worms themselves? Could the test be wrong? The Vet wouldn't give us meds without a positive test. If they did have a mild case-- will the "intercept" take care of it?

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Missy, I have no answer, but would also be interested in hearing opinions on that.

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Hi Missy!

Is there such a thing as having a 'mild' case of worms that will go away by itself?

What you described, about the poop having a mucousy cover.. that could be Giardia maybe?

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It is too bad you did not save the sample because the rice thingy certainly sounds like worms to me ..
They go through a breeding cycle so the worms and eggs are not always visible .. or present in the stool The vet should know that as well .. As to the Giardia thought it was diagnosed with a blood sample ..
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Cosmosmom said it the way I've always been told - worms or eggs are not always found in every stool sample. Sometimes you have to repeat the test and make sure you get it from a different time of day and get it in as fresh as possible.
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So, if their stool looks normal now -- do I wait til it looks odd again? I have to say every time I get their stool checked it comes back normal.




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Missy, did you discuss what you saw with the Vet? I would think your vet would consider the rice looking thing to be a tape worm segment. Dogs have them all the time. I would keep checking and take in another sample.

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Well, my husband took in the samples and made the phone calls-- but he said they don't want to give them meds if the test is normal. With two dogs- it's about $45 dollars every time we test and that doesn't even check for Giardia. Now I don't mind paying that if they are ill-- but it seems every time we have tested them it comes back negative. does anyone know if the "heartgaurd" or "intercept" helps to take care of tape worms? Maybe I should call the and talk with the Vet.




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Definitely ask your vet about it. Cash's stool doesn't sound like a problem, but the rice-looking item in Jasper's would be a concern.

Thankfully, none of my dogs have ever had parasites that register on any of the lab tests, but we have neighborhood cats on the loose that have obvious problems (obvious because the try to poop in my gardens occasionally and you can see the worms), so I do have stool samples tested every now and then.
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Yesterday, when the boys came back from grooming-- Jasper ran into the potty room and had a loose mucousy stool and there was a drop of blood-- so I ran the fresh sample to the vet and rehashed the story that my husband told them the other day. The vet decided to treat both boys with drontal (even the stool was negative) and they tested Jas for Giardia. luckily the giardia came out negative as well. They thought the blood could have been from expressing the anal glands that the groomer always does. But that I should watch it closely because you don't want to mess with anal glands and if he continued to bleed bring him in. Well Jas had a few drops of blood last night-- but this morning was fine-- we will keep watching. They also mentioned to maybe de-worm them both once a year since Cash is a poo eater. What do you guys think of that?




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