I took her in because I thought she was having a green discharge that looked chunky. It looked that way for 2 days so I scheduled an appointment for her at our vet. All he found was normal dried blood-it was at the end of her heat cycle and the tests came back normal. But while they were running the tests Honey laid a BIG poo on the table and there was a disgusting long flat square worm sticking straight up in it. I would never have thought to have her tested for those because she wasn't thin at all. She looked healthy. So the vet assistant that came in the room when I told them she'd poo'd took one look and said "well, that's something we don't have to test for!" then she told the vet that she was positive for tapeworms. They asked me about her home life with me-you know, if she'd had any contact with rodents or mosquitos. She's not had contact with either, and the vet said she was sent with the worms. The one that came out was not just a little segment. You could tell it had a little length to it. Now she's being kept away from everyone else while we're waiting for them to pass.
I am so mad at that breeder. She sent me an abused, and parasitized dog!
Well, a lot of puppies get tapeworms. I know Bowen had them when we got him from the humane society. They can pass through from the mother to the puppy in the milk. Most dogs actually get tapeworms by eating fleas. Tapeworms are no big deal to me, i mean they're gross but I'd MUCH rather have a puppy that was diagnosed with tapeworms than one that was diagnosed with hookworms :P Tapeworms are far easier to get rid of than hookworms.
I'm mad because everything this woman told me about my dog was a lie, and on top of everything else-not socialized, kennel raised, never being around kids or other animals, being extremely nervous, being a standard and not a mini, bad submissive urinator, CKC registered not AKC like I was told etc. she has a parasite too. She also stole $150 from me as well which she still has not returned.
And since she has been here I have not seen a single flea on any of the dogs.
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 5/28/2006 1:44:44 PM*** Reason: add
I've been doing things and continuously checking out options since I got her. I decided I won't rehome her since her aggression to the other dogs is apparently due to her heat. She's calmed down alot since she's come out of receptiveness.
Yes, I do feel that I have been scammed.
Oh, and while at the vet, a man walked by and she was so scared she peed all over the floor. And the man didn't even look at her or say hi to me or anything, but she was still so scared that she urinated. she was dragging back on her leash as far as she could trying to back into a corner.
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 5/28/2006 4:06:40 PM*** Reason: add
Yes, Doxielover, if the lady said your puppy was AKC and then she turned out to be CKC, I would try to take this further--or at least tell her you are going to do something about it. I'm sorry you didn't get what you were looking for. Tapeworms are caused by fleas. Sounds like her dogs had fleas. You might threaten to take her on "Judge Judy". LOL Good luck turning her into a great pet. I know submissive wetters and shy dogs are hard to deal with. CeCe
yeah, this poor girl's come a long way since december. She's still got a long hard road. She has learned my daughter won't hurt her but she still doesn't trust other kids or adults. She WILL play with other dogs her size though. Still waiting for all the tapeworms to die off. My vet said that this one dose will kill all the tapeworms in her system. She hasn't passed any waste at all except for urine yet today. She still has a healthy appetite and drinks the same amount of water. it is 100 degrees here today! so my guys are only going out to releive themselves. I guess Honey's lucky she found such a patient new owner who's willing to do a little work with her. I've been carrying her into stores that will allow me to bring dogs. Our local Bomgaars is really good for that. I e-mailed the breeder about the worms, like she'll really care. She knows I am pursuing legal action against her for all her false claims. She also lied about the dog's age. Said she was younger than she was.
Oh, and she was 15 pounds when she was shipped to me, and now she's 17 1/2 pounds. No way is she a mini!! She's such a pretty dog-Pure black. I'm sure she's purebred, but the vet assistant thought she was a mix because of her head size. Does she look pure to you guys? Here's her dogster page http://www.dogster.com/?265522
***Edited By: doxielover1 on 5/28/2006 5:54:55 PM*** Reason: add
No, she does not look to be purebred. Way too leggy and head type is indeed incorrect. I guess she could be a very poorly bred one, but she just does not look pure to me. Please be patient with the submissive urinating. I have worked with several like that before that I took in as rescue. The most important thing to do is to ignore it when they do it and don't show any type of reaction at all. It takes time but it can be dealt with. If they sense any kind of angry response from you it will just reinforce their fears and continue the pattern. Good luck and just hang in there! There is no way for your vet to determine that she came with tapeworms from the breeder.
Breeders like that should not be allowed to own dogs; I feel sorry for the poor dog as it obviously hasn't been socialised at all with her submissive urination or may have been treated harshly. I'm glad that she has found you and with lots of love and pats she will prove herself to be a loving and affectionate doggy. I don't know about the US but there are different types of tapeworm, there is the hytadid (sp?) taperworm for one and that can cause problems in people if people accidently swallow the eggs as the larvae can migrate into the liver and form cysts. Hytadid taperworm is not very common though and there are worming preparations especially to eradicate this. I own 16 dogs and I would pay anyone 10 dollars for every flea that they can find on any of my dogs and I know that at the end of the search I wont have to part with a single penny, lol.
I'm surprised you let someone rip you off like that. You seem educated about dogs enough to get sucked into someone passing you off a dog with such issues and problems. Did you buy it sight unseen and with out proper research into its health records? Thats a shame but I gues a lesson learned. i hope she turns out to be a great pet with your love and understanding.
I can't help but wonder - if you've had Honey since December didn't you notice the tapeworms before this?
My dogs have never had them, but I remember seeing them years ago with my mother in laws poodles. They're pretty obvious in the poop.
I feel bad for your new baby. I am glad she now has you to care for her.
I have had 2 submissive urinators also! FRUSTRATING! The only advice I can give you is what you've already received. Just ignore the dog when she's looking like she's gonna squat. Try distracting her with a toy or whatever makes her happy. We used to have a sign on our door that said exactly that - "Please - DO NOT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE DOG - OTHERWISE YOU'LL BE CLEANING UP THE PEE"!
It did eventually work and I forget you mentioned it, but she was much better after she was spayed.