How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. G. Your Own Question

Dr. G.
Dr. G., Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 1583
Experience:  Private Practice Veterinarian
71397578
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Dr. G. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My 16 week old Lab puppy has Roundworms. We found out 3 days

Resolved Question:

My 16 week old Lab puppy has Roundworms. We found out 3 days ago because I saw them in her stool. She is being treat with special medication now, and will continue on monthly heart worm treatments. Here is the problem...

We only have a small grass area that she has used for her "bathroom" over the last 8 weeks. She came home from the breeder with Coccidiosis (Coccidia). So we treated that when she was 8 weeks old. Then she was treated for a really bad UTI infection at 12 weeks. She never had regular firm stool because of these on going conditions. It was always soft. After scooping up what I could, I would hose down the scooper and any poop residue that was left on the grass.

We don't know how long she has had the roundworms, but soft poop turned into occasional diarrhea about 2 weeks ago. I have hosed all this contaminated roundworm feces into the soil where she still plays with her toys, digs, and goes potty. I also have young Grandchildren who sometimes venture out on the grass, or pick up one of her toys.

What treatment can I use so she doesn't keep re-infecting herself because of the contaminated soil conditions? She is allowed both inside and outside. Is she going to infect us or our home? Does anyone know how to kill the eggs in the soil? I did read that you could remove the surface layer of soil (6 to 8 inches). Then put in new soil and new sod. I also read that you could remove the plants and sod and use a blow torch on the soil....Good darn thing my son is a Firefighter, LOL.

Help! I don't want my poor puppy to keep re-infecting herself. If I use the blow torch (believe me I'm tempted). My husband and son will have me taken away in a Straight Jacket!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 1 year ago.

Dr. G :

Hello, my name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian and I will try and help you as best as I can.

Dr. G :

All dogs are born with roundworms (they pass via the milk and placenta), which is why regular deworming and then monthly heartworm prevention are essential

Dr. G :

These are zoonotic, which means people can get these too (typically very young children as it is via the fecal-oral route)

Customer:

Are you there?

Dr. G :

It is very uncommon for children to get these worms unless they are very young or practicing bad hygiene

Dr. G :

are you able to see all my responses?

Customer:

My question is more about the contaminated soil and grass.

Dr. G :

That is a difficult question to answer. As long as the dog is on monthly medication, she will be fine. The eggs will die when there is a frost (which is a while from now)

Dr. G :

due to the kids being there, it would be best to keep them away from those areas or make sure you clean up right away after she goes

Dr. G :

the only real way to get rid of all of them is to do what you said and remove the top layer of soil

Dr. G :

As long as everyone is washing their hands, there is very little risk of a human getting these worms

Customer:

I live in Sunny Southern California. No Frost! I have hosed so much poop into the ground the soil must be so contaminated.

Customer:

Are you still there?

Dr. G :

I am still here

Dr. G :

The soil will almost always be contaminated no matter what due to wildlife in the area (coyotes, feral cats, etc)

Dr. G :

Unless it is completely walled/fenced off

Dr. G :

even that is not a guarantee

Dr. G :

The best way for you to deal with this is quick care of fresh feces and making sure everyone washes their hands after playing with the dog or toys, or before eating

Dr. G :

If you keep Dakota on monthly prevention, you wont have to worry about reinfection

Customer:

So me hosing the poop into this small area of grass is going to re-infect her much quicker? The entire house is walled off .

Dr. G :

If she is on monthly prevention, it will take care of the reinfection, so it will never get back to diarrhea

Customer:

Does that mean the worms are gone? Or could she still have a problem with no diarrhea?

Dr. G :

She will get exposed to them whenever she is outside or on a walk, however they should not ever become a problem again if she is on the meds year round

Customer:

If humans are on walking on the grass can we track the eggs into the house?

Dr. G :

There is a low possibility that you could potentially bring eggs into the house

Dr. G :

These eggs are not any danger to a healthy adult

Customer:

Do you know of anything that can be used to kill them in the house. Something to disinfect?

Dr. G :

The eggs need to sit for about a month to hatch, which they could then potentially be a problem to a very young child. Bleach will take care of the eggs

Customer:

when they hatch are they a larva?

Dr. G :

yes

Customer:

What do you use in the case of carpet? Do you know?

Dr. G :

You can vacuum and use a carpet cleaner, that should get rid of most of the eggs

Customer:

will they actually hatch in the carpet?

Dr. G :

It is pretty unlikely they will hatch in the carpet

Customer:

I'm a clean nut, so that would put me over the edge! Thanks for your help!

Dr. G :

You're very welcome. Have a great day!

Dr. G., Veterinarian
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 1583
Experience: Private Practice Veterinarian
Dr. G. and 5 other Dog Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr. G. replied 1 year ago.
Hi Debbie,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Dakota. How is everything going?

Dr. G

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Last | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2534
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/Jav917/2012-2-20_54059_201221802254JoananddavidArchuleta3.64x64.jpg Joan's Avatar

    Joan

    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    4544
    Vet Tech for over 30+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/JA/jadedangel57/2011-11-8_193134_janenewsm.64x64.jpg Jane Lefler's Avatar

    Jane Lefler

    Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst

    Satisfied Customers:

    13847
    Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/ER/ERPetNurse/2011-11-7_1293_b.64x64.jpg Candy's Avatar

    Candy

    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    7108
    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/babybloo/2011-3-10_62613_DavidandI.64x64.jpg Theresa's Avatar

    Theresa

    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    4704
    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4430
    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/VetAnswers/2013-4-5_8257_prof10.64x64.jpg Scott Nimmo's Avatar

    Scott Nimmo

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3977
    BVMS, MRCVS.
 
 
 
Chat Now With A Dog Specialist
Dr. G.
Dr. G.
Dog Specialist
1583 Satisfied Customers
Private Practice Veterinarian