Post # 1
I went to clean up after the dogs this morning and noticed the tell-tale signs of tapeworms. Ugh. Prety sure this came from the new dog. We just had him at the vet’s office last Friday getting checked out/vaxed/microchipped. Now we get to take both of the dogs in this morning for deworming. Lovely. Poor baby is going to hate me. We’ve had him three weeks and this will be his second vet visit and he’s had three baths (he rolled around in dead fish before I could stop him on the fourth…ewww).
It would have to be a Saturday too. That means that I have to go to the office that is 30 mins away rather than the one that is 5 mins away. Oh well. Tapeworms I can deal with. Luckily, everyone came back heartworm negative last week. Dr. Google is saying that they should be dewormed every three months. I’ve never had a vet suggest deworming that often. How often do you ladies have your babies dewormed?
Post # 3
@Sugaree: I don’t know if it’s different for dogs and cats, but after adopting a stray, one of my housecats got tapeworms as well. I gave her (and the adopted stray) one round of deworming medication, and I made sure to eradicate any and all fleas that hitch hiked into the house, since that’s how they are spread.
It may be different for you as a dog owner because dogs go outside, and my cats don’t. Three months wouldn’t be unreasonable if you’re administering deworming pills along with frontline or any other sort of anti-flea meds.
Post # 4
@StuporDuck: The older dog has been getting Comfortis for fleas and the foster mom said that the new one had a flea pill, but didn’t know which one. I assume this was also Comfortis as well. We’ll be switching them both to Trifexis next month to take care of fleas and heartworm prevention. We’re also keeping an eye on the cat, but the vet said it was not neccessary to bring her in since she only goes outside under supervision and has little to no contact with the dog poop (I’m not sure I buy this and will be talking to my vet’s office about this Monday when they open).
Post # 5
If a pet has been there recently, my vet doesn’t require the owners to bring them back in for deworming. You might be able to just call, and they’ll let you pick up the liquid or pills–they figure out the dose based off the pet’s weight.
Post # 6
Agreed – you should be able to just pick up the dewormer without having to bring your dogs in. Give them a call to find out!
Post # 7
Unfortunately, my vet’s office is closed today. The office I’m going to is sort of associated with my vet, but not completely. My vet’s voice mail message refers people to this office and some of the records are available. For example, the older dog’s records are available in the computer system, but not the new one’s. They only seem to sync up client data every 6-8 weeks. I’m thankful that they are open at all on Saturday. Otherwise, I’d be forced to take them to the only other vet that’s open on Saturday around here who is a total a**hole.
Post # 8
Since you posted eight hours ago, I am assuming it’s too late, but tapeworms generally aren’t serious enough to warrant a Saturday vet trip. You could have waited until Monday and your dogs would have been just fine. Also, I BELIEVE you can get dewormer at 1-800-Pet-Meds without a vet’s prescription.
Post # 9
Yeah you probably could have just waited until Monday. I believe you need drontal for tapeworms which does require a prescription, but usually I can just call and say there were big white worms in their poop…it’s pretty self explanatory. From what I recall tapeworms don’t shed eggs so a fecal can be pretty useless unless there are actual segments in there.
I don’t think it’s necessary to deworm a dog every three months unless maybe they live outside. You can buy panacur without a prescription which is a pretty safe dewormer, but I don’t think it covers tapeworms.