(Closed) Ask the owner to pay for her dog’s possible contamination to my pets?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Would you ask the owner to pay?
    Yes - for testing & treatment for my dog AND cats : (11 votes)
    33 %
    Yes - for treatment for my dog AND cats : (6 votes)
    18 %
    Yes - for testing for my dog AND cats : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Yes - for testing & treating my dog : (0 votes)
    Yes - for treatment for dog only : (1 votes)
    3 %
    Yes - for testing for dog only : (0 votes)
    No - your pets, your responsibility : (14 votes)
    42 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    1645 posts
    Bumble bee

    YIKES. Oh wow. I’m assuming that you didn’t know the dog had worms when you took it on? Where is the owner? I wouldn’t think you rude for asking for payment for those tests. Part of the responsibility of owning a pet is keeping them healthy and non-contagious.

    Post # 4
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    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I am not a vet, but  have three cats. My cats were allowed outdoors when we still lived in Michigan and would frequently get tape worms from eating mice. You can order tapeworm tabs or pick them up in the pet store once you’re sure they have them (when you see pieces of rice around their butt, they have them). 3 tabs are 25 dollars.

    I don’t think you really need a test, but again, I’m not a vet. If the animals begin showing symptoms I think it’s fair to ask the owner pick up the tab for the tapeworm tabs.

    Post # 5
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    1701 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    You are being very generous watching her dog for months.  She should definitely pay for treatment.  Most vets will not even bother testing–if one pet has them, they’ll treat all of them.

    Post # 6
    Member
    1124 posts
    Bumble bee

    If the owner knew the dog had tapeworms and didn’t tell you, I feel she is obligated to pay for any testing/treatment of your pets.

    Post # 7
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    811 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Tapeworms are passed by fleas as well…check for fleas QUICK.

     

    Post # 8
    Member
    2091 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I may be of unpopular opinion but I think you should pay. You agreed to watch the dog and while it really is a great service you’re doing to your friend, for now the dog is yours. That means you should be paying for it’s expenses, whether that’s food, cleaning supplies, or medicine. That also means if it passes on something to your own pets, it’s your responsibility. 

    Just my opinion, of course. Maybe mention it to the friend and she what she says? Although, if the dog has had the worms for awhile and the friend did know but didn’t tell you… that changes things. 

    Post # 9
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    336 posts
    Helper bee

    That is not how the tapeworm life-cycle works, unfortunately. Unless the other dog has fleas, and brought fleas into your home and gave them to your other pets (which is why monthly prevention is so important) they will not get tapes. I would only ask them to pay for treatment for their dog.

    By The Way you will know if your pets have them just as you do with her. If you see rice like worms in the stool, or around the anus, time to treat. A fecal sample is usual not effective as the eggs are being passed in those rice like “rafts” as they are called.

    Post # 10
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    79 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    @canthugallcats: So i have been in the vet business for 8 years….. tapeworms are not communicable between animals! your animals will not get tapeworms directly from this puppy! Tapeworms are contracted by ingesting a flea from the pet’s own body… yes you read this correctly… because of the tapeworm lifecycle the host has to ingest a flea from its own body to contract tapeworms. So in light of this….. yes you need to treat all of your animals, including the puppy for fleas! DO NOT USE OVER THE COUNTER PRODUCTS!! use a safe, topical that can be purchased from your vet- do not use ANY flea shampoo or dip of any kind! these products are extremely dangerous and are not regulated! they dont have to be because animal products can be sold OTC! the main ingredient in any OTC topical or shampoo is pyrethrin- a neurotoxin that can cause death! I would bath all of the animals in the house, cats included if possible, make sure they are towel dry and apply an appropriate weight based flea treament.( most of the these treatments are topicals that last for one month)  the puppy needs to have a stool sample checked and then have appropriate meds prescribed by the vet. as for the person whom you are watching the puppy for, you might ask them to atleast split the cost of the flea treatments for your animals. you are doing them a favor and the flea treatments can be expensive. 

    Post # 11
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    3049 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: January 1991

    You were nice enough to watch her dogs. It’s not like she knew that her dog had tapeworms.. or she wouldn’t have asked. So I think it’s only fair to ask her about paying for the treatment if they do have tapeworms. If you want to test them for it… that’s your deal, but she shouldn’t have to pay for testing as well. In fact, I probably wouldn’t pay for either if it were my dog because how am I supposed to know that my dog got it before I dropped him off? But that’s just my opinion.

    Post # 12
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    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    Yikes! I would definitely expect her to pay.

    QUESTION: How exactly does transmission happen? Can other cats/dogs get tapeworms from coming close to another animal’s (who had tapeworms) feces? Some of my neighbours feel the need to let their cats wander around the neighbourhood and they are constantly shitting in my flowerbeds! It pisses me off to no end. Part-time owners who never have to clean litter boxes. A couple summers ago I gathered almost a full grocery bag of their crap and dumped it into one of my neighbours flowerbeds.

    I’m just wondering if one of my dogs happened to eat infected poo, or one of my cats who I let come outside with me supervised for about 5 minutes a day come close to it…would they get them? I assume eating them would infect them but I have no experience with this. And the flea thing makes me worry because maybe these cats have fleas. And sorry @canthugallcats: I don’t mean to threadjack.

    Post # 13
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    336 posts
    Helper bee

    @kelmac: kimberlysnyder08 basically listed it out pretty well (hey fellow vet tech! ha) but your pet would need to ingest a flea while grooming to become infected with tapeworms. it takes a few weeks then they pass what are called egg rafts. tapeworms are not passed from pet to pet. the best prevention is preventing FLEAS in the first place. 

    she also made great points about otc flea preventions that i neglected to mention. these are never recommended, usually dangerous, and are ESPECIALLY more likely to be toxic in cats. please use only a vet recommended flea prevention. if you dont want to go the topical route, there is also a great product called comfortis which is a pill form. 

    Post # 14
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    995 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    @twentyeleven: and @kimberlysnyder08: Thanks 🙂 That reply was sent while I was still typing my questions…apparently I need to type faster. Thanks for the info!

    Post # 16
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    2091 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @canthugallcats: Well that completely changes my opinion then! 🙂 If it was your agreement that she pay, definitely hit her up for $ to treat all the animals.

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