My 4 month old puppy has roundworms and nothing seems to get rid of them. I have taken my puppy to the vet too many times to count now, each time I take him the vet gives him a wormer and also tells me different stuff to try. I have been giving him all the wormers like directed on the label yet they just keep coming back. There was about a week that they seem to have been gone but I noticed today they are back. I just don't know what to do anymore. My first step is I'm trying to find a new vet, nothing against the other one but I just don't think I can keep taking him there if he isnt solving the problem.
My question is has anyone else had this problem and what should I do? I don't want to keep him on a liquid wormer for the rest of his life!
***Edited By: hearay1010 on 6/1/2005 11:12:23 AM*** Reason: spelling
No offense taken, I welcome the advice. He goes to the restroom outside (for the most part) and what accidents happen in the house I clean very well. He is glued to my side 24/7 so when there is an accident I know very quickly. He does not eat his poop. I have read many, many articles about roundworms and know the steps I need to take to prevent them which is what I am doing however it is not working.
Yeah, thats what I'm thinking. Thanks to all for the help. I really don't know what to do, I cant keep him from going to the restroom and I don't want him to go inside but I think I'm just going to have to litter train him and keep the litter box extra clean. My boyfriend is a neat freak almost to the point of OCD so I know the inside of the house is not the problem, it is kept extra clean. Everyone around us has dogs so I'm thinking this is one of the problems. I'll figure something out, I always do lol.
I'm not a vet by any means, and I would actually be curious to know if anyone knows if this is true or not...but my vet told me that when you see the worms in their feces that that is actually a good thing. It means the medicine is working and killing them. Since worms attach to the intestines, they can only be found in the feces if something has killed them. When a dog or cat is infested with worms, the eggs are the only thing in the feces. So if you keep finding the worms themselves in his feces, it probably just means that the medicine is working, not that he keeps getting them back. What I would do is wait until there is not worms in his stool anymore and then take a sample to the vet to see if there are eggs in it. If there are eggs, then he is still infected. Almost all puppies and kittens have worms when they are born. The only way they are prevented against it is if the mother was properly dewormed before getting pregnant.
If he's 4 months old, hes more than old enough to be given heartworm medications, as he's certainly liabl eto get bitten by a mosquito with it being june and in the 60s throughout most of the US. I personally am far more comfortable giving a once a month pill than giving liquid treatments.. how often are you having to give the liquid?
THat's what I understand as well, the worms are shed in the feces.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 6/1/2005 12:27:56 PM*** Reason: add
Yes I agree, we have another vet appointment Friday and I am putting him on a heartworm preventative, it gets very hot here in Houston and the bugs get very bad. The wormers I have had him on very in time. Some say to give it to him once then again after 4 days, some say two weeks. The one I have now is every two weeks. After this vet appointment I am going to find another vet to start taking him to.
I have also heard that seeing the worms in the feces is a good thing, my vet also said that it means they are getting out of his body and dying but the thing is he has had them since I brought him home two months ago and they should be gone. The wormer gives the time to give the med because it kills the alive worms but doesnt kill the eggs so once the eggs hatch you keep giving them the meds so it kills them. I'm also no vet but I would not think there would be that many eggs, what do I know though!
The dose of ivermectin, the active ingredient in heart worm medications, is not high enough get rid of intestinal worms unless you significantly increase the dosage which could potentially kill your dog if you over dose. Stick to what your vet recommends.