White flat worm (still moving) found in my dog's poop

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Old 12-26-2012, 01:33 PM
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White flat worm (still moving) found in my dog's poop

I found some white flat worms in my dog poop today. It is only at the first segment of the poop. The second segment of the first poop and the second poop are worm free (he had two dumps this morning).

Now I am wondering are the worms from his body or they climb on the poop from the garden (but I pick it up right away). He is on Trifexis which should have prevented the worms, shouldn't it?

I am planning to see whether he has worms tonight and tomorrow morning before I make an appointment for the vet.
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Sounds like tape worm if they are flat. Take a sample to the vet, they will tell you for sure. Has your dogs had any problems with fleas? Tape worm comes from ingesting a flea.
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Trifexis only prevents roundworm, hookworm, and whipworm. Your dog is still susceptible to tapeworm, which is white and flat.
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Was the worm around the length of a grain of rice? If it was then it's a tapeworm.

As far as I know most, if not all, heartworm preventives do not kill tapeworms, you need a separate medicine for that.
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it is longer than a grain of rice, i think.

The doc said Trifexis treats flea too. That's why I pay the premium (having one pill is better than two). I will take him to the vet with a sample tomorrow.

I don't think he has flea. How would I know?
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be careful b/c you can get tapeworm. You need to get that poop baggied up if you haven't already. You might want to bleach that part of your yard. I am not sure but definitely look it up on google, esp if you walk outside barefoot, have other pets, or have kids in the yard. Not sure how they are spread but kids are notorious for rolling around grass and putting things in their mouth they shouldn't.
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now I am scared........ luckily I don't walk barefoot..... but still....
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doggie's poop this afternoon is free of worms.... does that mean he is OK?
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No. You should still take a fecal sample to your vet and have them prescribe a dewormer. Or at the very least go to the clinic and ask for a broad spectrum that includes tapeworm (ie drontal plus).
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doggie's poop this afternoon is free of worms.... does that mean he is OK?

Nope. Your dog has worms.
You were actually lucky to see the worm you did see, as worms don't come out in poo very often.

Definitely a poop sample to the vet. They have a way of seeing the worm eggs, which is normally the only way the vet knows there are worms.
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