I have a 8 week old teacup chiwawa whom has large white worms about 3 inches long in her stool. should i panic?????? she seems to be in no pain and is still eating and drinking.im sooo worried! Is there an OTC anyone whom has had this problem with there puppy can recomend?? Please any advice helps thanks.
First, you have a Chihuahua, and there is no such thing as a teacup.
Where did you get your pup from that it was not already wormed? The pup needs to see a vet, as a infestation of worms can cause big health issues. How much does your pup weigh? Most med, even OTC are going to go by weight. Some are not safe for pups that are very small.
Your best choice is Panacur (safeguard) as it is very universal for all types of worms and very safe when dosed properly. Depending on size, though, you may have to find the liquid form to give because the powder safeguard is premeasured for a weight range and may not be safe to use on a tiny pup. Your vet has many types that can be prscribed. Panacur and safeguard require treatment daily X3 days. The vet has meds that are a pill and is only given one time, which is more convenient for some.
Most OTC wormers do not kill ALL types of worms, so you need to know what type you are deling with before buying a med. This is why the vet is your bet choice, he can check the stool and know what type she has.
Don't give her any OTC wormers because many (such as Hartz, Sargent's, etc.) can do more harm than good and should be taken off the market in my opinion...some of these cheap OTC products KILL! As LPN said, take her to the vet ASAP along with a stool sample so he can determine what type(s) of worms she has and the best wormer to take care of the problem.
She might have gotten the worms from fleas. So make sure when you take her to the vet that you get some flea medicine as well. The vet is the only way to go to treat worms, like the other posts said OTC is basically a waste of money and can harm your little one.. By the way I have a t cup Chihuahua as well she is 5 yrs old and 4 lbs.
OK Lets start off with this. You have a Chihuahua. A small breed of now thought a descendant of a fox. Your Chihuahua is not a tea cup, it's a runt, and there for will have multiple health problems later in life if not now. (* uncalled for comment) it hasn't been wormed yet, probably came from a puppy miller or a BYB. Which means it will definatly have problems in life. Sad but true.
Second off it's the responsibility of the owner to get the dog they just purchased to a vet for a fill examination. If the previous owner/ breeder did not show the papers for the vet examinations and worming then it's your fault as well. It's your duty as a owner to make sure your new puppy is happy and healthy. And it seems that right now it is neither. I wouldn't be happy if i had intestinal worms and other parasites in my body eating away at my nutrition and giving me a rough start at life.
You need to read up on this breed as well. Noticing you spelt Chihuahua, like this "chiwawa" clearly shows you know nothing about this breed. Get some books, talk to a breeder, or talk to you vet about this breed and the health problems they will get.
Get your dog dewormed and get them back on the fast track to being healthy again. Simple as that.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 12/18/2008 3:38:26 PM*** Reason: uncalled for comment
That fennec foxes play a part in the history of chihuahua has been an interesting debate for a long time. I don't think it's been either proven or disproven at this time. I'd think it'd be pretty easy to find out with a DNA test, but haven't seen results of one.
what a bunch of bunk IMO, that woman is a fracking moron, at least the piece I read about the chihuahua fox BS. The Lundehund has 6 toes on each foot, and nails that are very much catlike and almost retractable does that mean it is a cat not a dog?
"The same sequence of DNA was found in other small breeds such as chihuahuas, toy fox terriers and pomeranians.
It was not there in larger breeds such as Irish wolfhounds, St Bernards and great danes, or in wild members of the dog family including wolves and jackals. The results are published today in Science."
It would seem that they have done DNA testing on Chihuahuas and they are dogs, umm imagine that, I guess that is why they can breed with other, oh I dont know DOGS, and not well foxes.
"In the genus Canis (Dogs, wolves, jackals, and coyotes) the number of chromosomes is 78 in all known species, so no physical barrier to interbreeding exists in terms of chromosome segregation. Nonetheless, some rather extreme physical barriers due to size (wolves vs foxes) and behavior (pack vs. solitary) exist, which maintain the separation of species in the wild. As for sequence divergence, the gray wolf (the putative ancestor of domestic dogs) is about 1.8% divergent from dogs, while coyotes are about 4% different, a pretty drastic difference if you keep in mind the numbers from the great apes. It's intriguing that this large divergence arose in just 15,000 years of domestication, and I'm not sure whether scientists have adequately explained it.
So the question is not really whether species do interbreed, but whether they can interbreed under artificial conditions.
According to Gray (Mammalian Hybrids, a checklist with bibliography, 1954) all species in the genus Canis have been known to hybridize in captivity. I?m reporting this secondhand, as I can?t find Gray locally, but the source seems reputable. Thus, a dog-coyote hybrid is feasible. As for the foxes, they are out at ~8% sequence divergence, and only have 34 chromosomes, so a dog-fox hybrid probably isn?t viable. "
But hey if you google chihuahua dna you will find several stories saying that they are rodents, maybe those are true. Bottmon line if the Chihuahua was a decedent of the fox it would still have fox like DNA, the number of chromosomes dont change over, thus they would never be able to cross breed with dogs. In 15,000 years of domestication the number of chromosomes in dogs is still the same as it is in wolves.
I have watched Breed All About It and have found them say several things that are flat out untrue, I wonder if they ever research crap before saying it.
Pinky...seeing the Op has not come to defend the comments...assuming the dog is 'crap' isnt very appropriate. Worms happen and I wouldnt immediately dimiss a breeder as a puppymill simply over worms in a puppy.
Yes, she incorrectly spelled chihuahua meaning not much research was done on the breed. Also incorrect is the idea that the dog may be a runt....though this was never decided. OP stated nothing about weight, which may easily be standard or over even and they were simply told it was a teacup and they dont know any better. The latter poster stated their dog was 4 pounds, a completely normal weight for a Chi. Wouldnt believe the number of folks who believe they have a 'teacup' chi and it weighs 10 pounds or more.
Making a gfeneralized statement that a runt will definitely be ill and have health issues is inaccurate and ridiculously generalized. IF this 'breeder' is indeed breeding tiny to tiny to tiny on purpose to create and itty bitty bottm scale chi...then yes, the pup will have a high risk of being sickly. However, even with good breeders....runts happen. A runt is simply a term used for the smallest of the litter or even a pup that is simply on average smaller than the average pup at that age. 'runts' that come from good breeders do not turn out to be sickly.
And I wont even start with the descendant of foxes concept.
I always thought, that unless you planned to breed your dog, you did yourself and everyone else a favor and had your dog neutered. You love and take care of your animal and they offer unconditional love back. You do NOT take a dog and dump it because it is sickly. You treat it as a member of your family.
What in the name of God would you do with a sickly child? You certainly cannot send it back, it won't fit.
Lord woman, think before you speak. This is the wrong place to pen that sort of junk.
I'd panic too, and have nightmares about worms! But luckily they are a common thing to happen and the vet will not have a problem identifying what type of worms they are and prescribing something to fix your baby right up. Also, it's generally not a terribly expensive vet visit from my experience.
I'm sorry that somebody has judged you, your dog, and its breeder simply based on the fact that you have a worm issue-- something that could happen to even the most careful dog owners. I hope you'll dismiss the "holier than thou" poster from your mind, as everyone else has been reasonable.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
Fennec foxes come from the Saharra Desert in Africa and Chihuahua are from Mexico. I don't see how chihuahuas could've descended from Fennec Foxes and show up Mexica but not Africa. Also I would take anything said on Animal Planet with a grain of salt. A quote from Dogs 101: "According to the AKC, true chihuahuas weight less than 6lbs and can come with deer heads or appleheads." I guess an 8lb Chi would be a fake Chihuahua then? I do know that according to the Chihuahua club of America, not the AKC, the standard, which describes the proper dog to be used for breeding, calls for a dog under 6lbs. The deer headed Chihuahua is not within standard at all.