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My dog has very small white worms in her stool, how do I ...

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My dog has very small white worms in her stool, how do I get rid of these?? and she spins around on her bottom alot. I bought some pills at walmart piperazine 140 mg &given twice as directed but i saw them again this am-HELP!!
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
Hi Alliesmom,

The most common worms seen in vomit or feces is the roundworm and tapeworm. Tapeworms are normally seen in feces and resemble grains of rice while roundworms resemble spaghetti.

In some cases these worms are passed from the mother to the puppy, in other cases such as tapeworms, they are contracted by other methods such as ingesting an infected flea. Most over the counter medicine will only kill one or two types of worms, so your best bet is to take a fecal sample to your vet to determine the type of worms your dog may have and then decide on treatment. Dogs should be checked for worms periodically even if they appear healthy. This is so if your pet does become ill, you are not fighting a worm infestation along with a more serious problem.

For additional information about worms, see this site
http://www.thepetcenter.com/exa/worms.html

Common dewormers are Panacur, which is a prescription product so you need to obtain it from your Vet and it works on roundworms and whipworms. Wormers labeled as Pyrantel Pamoate are the best over the counter medication for roundworms. Drontal plus is also a prescription product and is used for the treatment of Tapeworms, though dewormers with praziquantel work well against tapeworms.   Revolution and Interceptor as well as other heartworm medications also control whipworms and roundworms. Another reason to keep your dog on Heartworm medication.

So, it sounds like your dog has tapeworms and you need a wormer containing praziquantel to rid your dog of these worms. Be sure a good flea preventative is used as well since fleas can transmit tapeworms and you do not want her getting reinfected.

I hope this information is helpful to you.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Where can I buy this stuff?
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 8 years ago.
Alliesmom,

Petsmart, I believe sells this and so should other larger pet stores. It is also available online as well. If you would like an online supplier, let me know and I'll give you a website. Most cliets prefer to go into a store an purchase this so they do not have to wait for delivery.
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