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Old 02-29-2016, 03:48 PM
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Eeek Worms! Do you do monthly treatments?

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.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:54 PM
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Both of my guys are on Heartgard (For Heartworm, Roundworm, and Hookworm) and Nexgard (for Fleas and Ticks). It is so warm here that the nasties seem to be a problem all year-round.
Before Heidi was on a routine wormer she had hookworm. My husband and I were never affected, despite lots of puppy kisses.
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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.
You could just use healing clay if they get them frequently. The clay won't let them live in your dogs stomachs. Its natural and it works. I use it for teeth
cleaning and externally for cuts and internally for stomach upsets. You want a food grade product for internal use. You can use it daily without harm. If your pets are on any type of medication use clay 2 hours after any medication the clay sees it as a toxin and removes it.
Parasites
Calcium bentonite clay is a natural de-wormer. It gently removes parasites from the intestinal tract and safely eliminates them- all without the use of harmful chemicals or medications. In addition, the clay also cleanses the digestive tract of bad bacteria, viruses and fungi, which allows the animal to better absorb nutrients from its diet. This detoxifying action also aids the animalís liver and kidney, which can easily become overloaded with toxins.
https://www.earthsnaturalclay.com/bl...bentonite-clay
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Calcium bentonite clay is a natural de-wormer. It gently removes parasites from the intestinal tract and safely eliminates them- all without the use of harmful chemicals or medications. In addition, the clay also cleanses the digestive tract of bad bacteria, viruses and fungi, which allows the animal to better absorb nutrients from its diet. This detoxifying action also aids the animalís liver and kidney, which can easily become overloaded with toxins.
https://www.earthsnaturalclay.com/bl...bentonite-clay
@Dawnben I've never heard of this - thanks so much! I'll do some researching on it but so far it looks good!
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Another question! I've realized that their toys might have eggs on them as it's transferred by saliva (am I wrong?). Fin has about 7 favourites; some I could chuck but I can't get The Dognald nor her favourite stuffless beaver anymore. Dognald can't go through the wash - any idea if freezing these will kill off eggs?
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My dogs are on a monthly wormer.
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The roundworms and whipworms are passed around through feces, so long as you practice good handwashing after cleaning up after they use the bathroom you should not get infected by them. Roundworm Infection in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals
Whipworms in Small Animals: Gastrointestinal Parasites of Small Animals: Merck Veterinary Manual

Hookworms are a bit more of a problem as they can get through skin. Hookworm Signs, Diagnose, & Treatment for Infection in Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

Tapeworms also shouldn't be a problem unless you ingest an infected flea.

I have my boy on a heartworm pill that also takes care of most of the intestinal worms. Here heartworm is epidemic in dogs so I need to have him on that preventative, that it also takes care of other worms is a bonus.
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I've never kept my dogs on a monthly dewormer, I normally just deworm them once or twice a year. Generally worms aren't a big deal around here, unless your dog eats a lot of dead things or poop with worms in it. Mine had hookworms once, but they never had any symptoms, it just showed up on their yearly fecal.
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The roundworms and whipworms are passed around through feces, so long as you practice good handwashing after cleaning up after they use the bathroom you should not get infected by them....
I have my boy on a heartworm pill that also takes care of most of the intestinal worms. Here heartworm is epidemic in dogs so I need to have him on that preventative, that it also takes care of other worms is a bonus.
The vet explained that the eggs can pass through their saliva, and when they lick our hands the eggs can be on us, then we eat something, etc. I've passed a treat to him and likely had a bit of a lick, then eaten something myself. Plus about a week ago he licked my mouth - generally a no-no but it happened so fast.

She also said they can lick their butt and get eggs on their tongue, then lick their fur. Then we pet them, and put our hands near our mouths or eat something. I'm not sure how commonly this happens, but I viewed our home as coated in eggs today and went crazy washing everything.

We don't have heartworm here but they both were treated as they're from California. Unfortunately some jerks in the neighbourhood don't clean up after their dogs and wormy poops just spread eggs around. Then other dogs (like ours) walk through them, and clean their feet later, and bammo - worms.

A vet friend suggests having baby wipes at the door and wiping their feet when they come in, that's pretty doable, and hopefully helps prevent this again.
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All my dogs are on monthly heartworm/intestinal parasite and flea/tick prevention. Good hygiene practices such as hand washing after cleaning the yard, gardening, etc is basically all you need to do. Hookworms are more prevalent in warm climates. Walking bare foot can expose you to this parasite.
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