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Thanks for your question regarding your 5 year old German Shepherd who had a number of brown worms in her water dish! While these could easily been normal garden worms that have made their way in to the water dish if it is kept outside, or even some that have been carried in, in your girls muzzle hair if she has an indoor bowl, these could also very well be roundworms or hookworms that have come up from her stomach. We even have to consider lung worm here. Whatever the case, the best way forward here is to treat your German Shepherd girl for all intestinal worms and heart/lung worm right away. If you have done this recently, then consider using a different product next time, but if she is due now, you should get a reliable product from your local vet. For intestinal worms, Drontal or Milbemax all-wormers are ideal and would deal to any intestinal worms she currently has. In terms of heart and lung worm, Advantage multi is good, but ask your local vet team for an appropriate product. For both treatments, be sure to get the right size for your German Shepherd's weight.
All the best with your girl, and as above - you are certainly best playing it safe and treating here, and then continue to treat routinely every 3 months, or as per packet instructions for the product or products you use. I hope all of the above makes sense? If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks! I hope to work with you again soon!Kind Regards,Dr EPS: If you have additional questions after you rate the question, you are welcome to request me for additional conversations if I am on-line or by beginning your question "Dr. E..." or "Pet-doc..." and others will leave the questions for me.
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Did you manage to get your girl treated for intestinal worms yesterday? How is she doing now?