So in the past two days both my doxie and basset have started scooting there butts on the groung after they poop. Not everytime mind you but enough to where I'm a little worried...Other than that they are both acting normal, eating, drinking, playing etc. The only other weird thing is that my basset has been pooping twice just about everytime which is weird for her. Is this something that necessitates a vet vist or is there a home treatment...not that I won't take them to the vet I just don't have a lot of extra money being a college student and all lol...any feedback will be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
When a dog butt scoots, it's usually symptoms of a few things. They are "wiping" any dingle berries (especially if it is a longer haired breed and the hair is not trimmed up neatly). They have just gotten groomed and it's a little itchy. They have anal glands that are irritating them, or they have worms.
More times than not, it's anal glands. Usually they empty themselves in the process of eliminating, but sometimes they need expressing. Here is a gross question for you, do they have a funky sort of fishy smell?
Tape worms are worms and hence the answer of "worms". Droncit is what you need. Based on my personal experience those over the counter drug store products do not kill this worm even though they say they do. These worms are not killed by the wormer you use for other things. They do sell Drocit type products in the pet stores, again has never worked for me. Unfortunately I would bite the bullet and take the pups in and have them treated. You don't want to mess around with this worm (any for that matter)
Definitely the scooting is from this and you need a fecal float done to ensure there is nothing more, another variety, or parasites included.
How do you know if a dog has tapeworms? Tapeworm infection is one of the most common internal parasite problems actually observed by dog owners. The presence of tapeworms is indicated by the presence of tapeworm segments passed with the feces. Tapeworm segments are white, pinkish-white or yellow-white, and similar in size and shape to flattened grains of rice. The segments are most frequently observed lying on the animal’s droppings or, less often, moving across a freshly passed stool. Segments are also found on the hair around the anus of the animal or occasionally on the animal’s bedding.
What are the symptoms of a tapeworm infection? Infected dogs can become lethargic as the tapeworm takes food from the dog’s intestinal tract, depleting the dog’s overall nutrition and disrupting normal digestive processes.
How does a dog get tapeworms? Dogs become infected with tapeworms after eating fleas or small mammals (rabbits, hares) which are infected with tapeworm larvae.
How often should you repeat treatments with D-Worm Tapeworm? Steps should be taken to control fleas and small mammals on the premises in order to prevent reinfection; otherwise, retreatment will be necessary. This is especially true in cases of tapeworms transmitted by fleas (Dipylidium caninum) where reinfection is almost certain to occur if fleas are not removed from the animal and its environment. If reinfection occurs, tapeworm segments may be observed within one month of the initial treatment.
Can people get tapeworms from their dog? Tapeworms cannot directly be transferred from dogs to people, however, people, most commonly small children, can ingest flea larvae or pupae on a floor or carpet that contains immature tapeworms.
What kinds of tapeworms does D-Worm Tapeworm kill? D-Worm Tapeworm kills two specific types of tapeworms:
Dipylidium caninum – this is the most common type of tapeworm infection. This type of tapeworm is transmitted to dogs by fleas that are infected with tapeworm larvae. Taenia pisiformis – Dogs become infected with this species of tapeworm when they ingest small mammals like rabbits and hares which have been infected with tapeworm larvae.
If a dog has fleas, could it also have tapeworms? Yes. Since the majority of tapeworm infections in dogs are caused by infected fleas, a dog with fleas may also have tapeworms. It is important therefore to treat the dog and its environment with flea control products like Bio Spot ®.
Is D-Worm Tapeworm safe for puppies? Yes. D-Worm Tapeworm Dog Wormer is safe for puppies over 4 weeks of age.
What is the active ingredient in D-Worm Tapeworm? The active ingredient in D-Worm Tapeworm is praziquantel. Praziquantel has been the veterinarian’s choice for tapeworm control for many years and is now available over-the-counter.
Are there other types of worms to be concerned about? Yes. Dogs can be infected with other types of worms like roundworms and hookworms that steal nutrition from the dog’s digestive system and cause a variety of problems from vomiting and diarrhea to intestinal blockage, anemia and sometimes even death. These types of worms can also infect humans causing inflammation of muscle tissues, itchy skin lesions and blindness. The D-Worm product line contains a variety of products in liquid or tablet form that have been proven effective against roundworm and hookworm infections in dogs.