I rescued a puppy (Tucker, choc.lab/doberman) 3 wks. ago. We brought him home on Wed. night. Thursday morning, obviously, I took him to the vet. He had coccidia. We treated him for it and he seemed to be better. He had to go back to the vet a week later for his vaccines. I took a fecal sample with me and they said he had no more parasites but to go ahead and finish his meds. I have 5 other dogs and none of them got the coccidia. Yesterday was the last day of Tuckers meds. He was on it a long time. He had it so bad they thought he had parvo, thats why he was on the meds. so long. In any case when I took him out to poo after he ate I noticed a parasite when I was cleaning up after him. I took him to the vet yesterday and they said he had tapeworms. Now to my questions. Do I clean my house for tapeworms the same as I would for coccidia? Also the vet said he probably brought the tapeworm home from the shelter also. If thats the case shouldn't they have found it when they found the coccidia? I really love my vet. but I don't care for the technicians there. I don't really think they know what they're doing. If he didn't bring it home from the shelter and this is just something he's acquired that means its from fleas. I've seen no sign of fleas in my house and I've checked all of the dogs but if I do have fleas whats the quickest and easiest way to get rid of them? Felissa
As far as I know the only way for a dog to get tapeworms is by being bitten by eating fleas. It's possible taht your dog had immature tapeworms in his body from his time at the shelter, as it's only when the adults start sloughing off segments that they show up in the stool. if you dont' notice there being any fleas in your home or on your dogs, theres probably not enogh to worry about. However, to be on the safe side you may want to consider applying a *real* anti flea topical medicine like Advantage or Frontline for a month or two. And keep an eye on all your dogs stool. In fact, in the event that the dog had fleaswhen you got it from the shelter, maybe you should go ahead and ask your vet about possibly getting enough medicaiton to treat your other dogs for tapeworms as well.
I guess I left those things out. My dogs are on Frontline and we did treat all of them for it. I just don't want my kids to get it so I need to get the tapeworms out of my home. I also don't want fleas in my house. Is it possible for the dogs to carry the fleas in even while on Frontline or does the Frontline keep the fleas off of the dogs all the way? I know they can't get an infestation with the Frontline but I didn't know if they could still carry them. This tapeworm is new to me. I've never had a puppy with tapeworms before.
Frontline is just to kill the fleas on the dogs. It would do nothign to stop a tapeworm infestation already in place. That said, it's extremely unlikely that your children or yourself are ind anger of getting tapeworms. To me it's just another worm to get rid of, and actually it's far less of an ordeal than getting rid of hookworms, for example
I don't know how a dog gets tapeworms. But I had a cat who had tapeworms, and the vet said she probably got them from a mouse that she ate. But it was easy to treat, and there's been no recurrences. But I believe the medicine the vet gave was totally different for tapeworms than for other types of worms.
Coccidiosis is difficult to diagnose once the animal begins to scour because the fluid is passing through the intestinal tract so quickly. Unless the Tapeworm shed a segment at the exact time they were testing for coccidia there would be no reason for the techs to see it.
Thanks guys! I don't know why I got so upset over a tapeworm. I know its just a parasite like the others. I think it was the mention of fleas and them being in my house. With 6 dogs (and many others growing up) this is the first time I've dealt with a tapeworm. My mom also never had less than 4 dogs at a time, so I've always lived in a house-full of dogs, and never do I remember any of them getting tapeworms. I just always remember sometimes when we would rescue new puppies they would have coccidia. I know it can be dangerous but I've never experienced that side of it so for me it was just always go to the vet and get meds. and than they were gone. One more question. Tucker sometimes gets carsick. On the way home from the vet yesterday my husband and I had a couple of errands to run. About a half hour after we left the vet (the vet gave Tucker his meds. there and sent us home with the rest) Tucker threw up. I know while we were there the dr. gave Tucker 2 pills. As well as my other large dog and he gave one and a half to all of my smaller dogs. I called them when I got home and they said to come back and get more for Tucker because he probably threw it up. Well the dr. we saw had already left so the technician only gave me one and argued with me that it was enough. I called the dr. back this morning but he wasn't in so I spoke with another dr. This dr. also said only one was enough. Do you think the one was enough? If so than why did he give him 2 and all of the other dr.s say one? I just don't feel comfortable with it is all. I want to speak to the actual dr. tomorrow and I want him to tell me why he gave 2 and everyone else said one. You guys are smart. What do you all think? (By the way I talk on a board for my 2 babies also and I'm the same way with them. I'm a very over-protective mother of both kinds. )