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Old 05-24-2016, 07:06 PM
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Just got back from a walk where I found worms in Brody's poop! My dogs have never had worms before and I am mortified! I am trying to determine what kind they are. they looked like tiny maggots? I am fairly certain it is not tapeworm (I had a cat a long time ago with tapeworm and it just doesn't look like this)

Obviously I am calling the vet as soon as they open but can someone enlighten me on dangers of such a thing? I read that depending on the worm it is transferable to humans...and my dogs sleep with me!
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Small, white, wiggling worms in poop are usually tape worm segments. Another indication of them will be what looks like dried grains of rice where the pet sleeps, those are dried tape worm segments. If it's tapes then it shouldn't be a danger to you. My cat used to get them all the time and he slept with me, I never had a problem.

Hookworms and whipworm can be a problem for humans, but to catch them you'd have to be walking around barefoot where he pottied or handling the dirt there, it's very rare to see the adult worms in a dogs poo.
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You'll need to bring a fresh fecal sample into your vets office for testing to confirm what type of worm it is, determine how severe of an infection it is, and check for any other parasites. Once you know what kind of parasite it is you'll know if it has a zoonotic potential, in the mean time make sure you pick up after him to prevent any reinfection.
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You'll need to bring a fresh fecal sample into your vets office for testing to confirm what type of worm it is, determine how severe of an infection it is, and check for any other parasites. Once you know what kind of parasite it is you'll know if it has a zoonotic potential, in the mean time make sure you pick up after him to prevent any reinfection.
Thanks... He pooped this morning but I didn't see any worms in it this time. Can't make the vet until Saturday most likely.
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They weren't flat or rice-like like tapeworm, they were short but they were definitely rounded. roundworm?
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Not sure if anyone's going to read this but the vet apt is Tuesday. However, I haven't seen any worms since I made this post. Is this normal? I thought if he had worms I'd see more by now. It just has me wondering. I guess a fecal couldn't hurt just to be safe...
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Not sure if anyone's going to read this but the vet apt is Tuesday. However, I haven't seen any worms since I made this post. Is this normal? I thought if he had worms I'd see more by now. It just has me wondering. I guess a fecal couldn't hurt just to be safe...
When Bandit had worms when I first got him sometimes he'd go two or three poops not seeing any worms. I bet if I had dug through it with a stick I'd find some. But he definitely still had them. I'd still go to the vet if you can afford it. If money is tight there are over the counter med's you can get at a pet store but make sure to get something that covers as many different types of worms as possible so you are covering your bases.

Edit: When I first got Bandit I had no money so I went with the store bought treatment. It worked but just to make sure as soon as I brought him to the vet to get shots I got him a fecal just to make sure.
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Thanks for the response. I am still going to the vet Tuesday, I just don't know if I can't see them how I'll know after treatment that it worked... I can afford it plus he's due for a check up anyway.

He's pooped twice a day, it's been like 5 days since I posted, so that's ten poops without seeing anything. It's odd but like I said we'll do the fecal anyway. If they say he doesn't have worms I'll be a little confused as to what I saw. Can I treat for worms even if he doesn't have any? Is that harmful?
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If the worm burden is not heavy then you'll not see the worms very often. I'm glad that you're getting that fecal done when you take him to the vet.

My dog gets Heartgard once a month, in addition to preventing heartworms it prevents a variety of intestinal worms, but even though the product is called a preventative what it does is kills the worms in their larval stage. There will be nothing harmful if you treated your dog for worms and he did not have them, I'd just not do so too often.
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If the worm burden is not heavy then you'll not see the worms very often. I'm glad that you're getting that fecal done when you take him to the vet.

My dog gets Heartgard once a month, in addition to preventing heartworms it prevents a variety of intestinal worms, but even though the product is called a preventative what it does is kills the worms in their larval stage. There will be nothing harmful if you treated your dog for worms and he did not have them, I'd just not do so too often.
I'm glad you replied because I honestly had no clue if it would be harmful! Good to know
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