Post # 1
There was a long worm in my dog’s poop today. We bottled it and called the vet. Now my husband is bringing it and a stool sample to the vet. We’ve only had him a month. Anyone else been through this? What should we expect?
Post # 3
Usually it’s not a big deal, and very common. The vet will probably just give you an Rx to get rid of them, usually it’s just a pill a day for a few days.
Post # 4
All of our pets had worms when we got them (all shelter animals). It’s usually not a big deal. The vet has you bring a stool sample, they check it to see what kind of worms they have, and they give you a de-wormer pill to give them. Some more stubborn infestations need to be treated with more than one round of medicine. Your pup should be fine 🙂
Post # 5
Not a big deal! Don’t worry 🙂 The vet will just give you medication. Our puppy had worms when we got her as a rescue. It’s very common.
By “long worm” I’m going to guess it might be a roundworm. They kind of look like cooked spaghetti noodles (gross I know!). We were just given a liquid medication and we gave it to her orally. She actually loved the medication so it must not taste too bad. We only found one or two in her stool and once we gave her the medication she passed several in her stools for a few days (warning: it’s super disgusting haha). After a few days they seemed to be gone. I think we gave her the medication for a few weeks to be safe as the vet recommended.
ETA: You should pick up any of her stools and dispose of them so she doesn’t become reinfected with worms after her treatment.
Post # 6
All my dogs have had worms at one point or another (all shelter dogs). It’s really easy to fix with the meds the vet will give you, but I agree with PP that you should carefully dispose of all stools.
One of my dogs after treatment had diarreah and really wormy stools for a couple of days, and notwithstanding that she was well house-broken she had a couple of accidents in the house, so that might happen!
Best of luck! They’re grosser than they are hard to treat!
Post # 7
Your dog will be fine, you just need to keep up with shots and deworming and such. They can pick them up from eating something in the ground and it then grows inside of them or they got them from mom. You did the right thing – calling the vet and taking a sample in.
Post # 8
I just got my second dog, Molly, who is only 14 weeks old. We got her when she was 12 weeks old from our local shelter and she was covered in fleas. (Dogs can get worms from eating fleas!)
I gave her a flea bath so that is all good. But two weeks later I noticed little white things coming out of her butt. It wasn’t actual worms but worm segments from a tape worm.
Basically the next morning we went to the vet and they gave us one pill (for $6), and about 9 hours after she took it she pooped out a worm about as long as my finger. No more worms since. But we are giving her a second dose 3 weeks from the day we gave her the first dose just on the in case. We also dewormed our other dog just to be super careful.
When you give a dog a worm pill they can get sick and puke. Molly puked about an hour afterwards, but the vet insured me that was more than enough time to digest the pill. Thankfully she did and it worked. But make sure to watch the dog to make sure he/she doesn’t puke only minutes after. Because if so they may need another dose. Good luck!
Post # 9
@ButtercupBetty: Yes, round worms are long and noodle like.
Op, here you can see different worm types to figure out what your dog has while waiting for the vet to tell you.
Post # 10
UPDATE – So it turns out that the giant worm was actually an earthworm that our dog had eaten! LOL We have no idea how he found an earthworm here in the frozen tundra, but leave it to him to find one and eat it… So glad he doesn’t have parasites!
Post # 11
@howtobeawife: LOL dogs are hilarious like that. Glad to hear your furbaby is healthy.
Post # 12
@howtobeawife: LOL! oh geez, way to make you a nervous wreck haha I’m glad the pup is okay!