I'd posted the other day that DH saw a worm in Jav's stool. We took him to the vet yesterday and their 'float' test turned up nothing, also did gland expressing and saw nothing in the area. Sent us home with Dolpac for each dog just in case, and we sent their stool off for a (very pricey) lab test.
This morning I saw a worm in his stool, and if my Google-fu's any good I'm pretty sure it's a roundworm. They've each had the pill now and I'm in the process of washing EVERYTHING.
The vet was horrified that we don't have them on a monthly wormer, but they've not had an issue before and don't eat feces. They're on Brewer's Yeast which keeps them flea-free, and I prefer not having chemicals dropped in them needlessly - I'm very conscious of the high cancer rates in dogs now.
The vet of course thinks that's crazy, but she also thinks unprocessed food and feeding raw is the worst ever - only the food they sell is appropriate - so we have some differences in opinion. She was happy that we now feed a processed food, though had never heard of THK, which surprised me.
For anyone who's dogs have had worms - did you humans ever get it? I know there's occasional saliva transfer from them even though I discourage kisses. A week ago they licked my husband's fingers when he gave some cooked chicken that he was eating - he didn't wash his hands after. Jav licked my mouth a few days ago to wake me up. Vet figures we should head to the doctor ourselves. Gosh I'm feeling horrified.
Is a monthly deworming indeed the norm? After reading how easy it is for them to get, I'm pretty nervous. I could easily wash their feet every time we come in from a walk or potty break (though at 5 times a day that's a brutal 40 feet washes!) if it meant not having to give them unnecessary medications.
Just asking for what YOU do and your feelings on it - I know no one is giving medical advice - as I'm trying to find out what's normal to do.