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Okay it seems everytime I post a topic somewhere else another one comes up.  Definitely making good use of the forum.  Okay, my puppy is 9 weeks old tomorrow and she is going to the vet for her checkup and second round of shots.  Just now, she threw up in her bed after playing/eating and it looks like (not trying to be gross just hang in there) some chicken and a WORM!  It was white and quite long and curled up.  HELP HELP HELP!  What do I do?!  I've cleaned the area very well with bleach water where she did it and changed her bedding.  I know this isn't a good thing and I'm terrified I'm going to do something wrong and this dog will die on me.  I've only had her a couple days and I'm extremely attached.  I know I'm posting probably too early being she's going to the vet, but are there any precautions I need to take tonight?!

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It's ok, it's just a round worm. Most puppies have them, just be sure to tell the vet (save it and bring it would save you a fecal exam fee).  Pup will get meds tomorrow and all is well.

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OMG! That's horrible, dobiemom! Just look after her, have a sleepless night if need be, take her out, clean up the messes she makes and as soon as your vet office opens, GO THERE. That's all I can say because I've never encountered intestinal worms.

God Bless,

Erika

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what happydance said!

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Thanks you guys!  Well an update on my baby girl, we went to the vet this morning and she does indeed have roundworms.  She also got her second set of shots and her nails clipped.  She also got her wormer.  Let me tell you she did soooo well.  I expected some resistance from her but she was so still and not one yelp even during the exam for worms.  I was so proud of my baby girl.  We have decided to call her Pixie.  She finally has a name!  We are calling her that because she is so playful and hyper lol.  Thank you everyone for your comments I feel so much more confident about her now.  The vet was very helpful too.  Now, someone tell me what to expect from the worming.  The vet gave me a good idea but I'd like to learn from others' experiences.  Since I have to keep her inside will the puppy pads help at all or should I just be very diligent for the next few days?

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Why do you have to keep her inside?  Quarantine for vaccination period against parvo means they can go in your backyard so long as its enclosed and has no access by the general public.  You really want to be able to take them out to the bathroom, as only teaching on potty pads, will make it harder to fully potty train in the future.

Just expect some loose stools, maybe a few dead worms, over the next day or so.  It really isn't that big of a deal.

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Thanks.  The reason I keep her inside is because of stray dogs around my yard and it's not enclosed.  We live in the country, and they seem to just show up out of nowhere.  The vet said to be watchful, so I may be taking it overboard a bit.  I just really don't know what to do.  I know it will be rougher on me but I don't know.....I wanna be sure she isn't exposed to anything.  Maybe I'm being an overprotective mom? LOL!  

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No, not if parvo is a real problem in your area you are not overreacting.

I'd bring the puppy pads to the door you will use to let her go outside eventually and bring her there for all her training.  I'd consider putting a gate just outside of the door (like a puppy pen - they sell at petstores) and you can keep that as a blockade to strays and clean it really well first and then let her go (if its like concrete, that's great).

Just ideas.

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Thanks.  I need as many ideas as I can get because I'm going crazy with her peeing and pooping on the carpet.  Especially with the wormer.  I tell her no when I catch her in the act and bring her to the puppy pad but she refuses.  She waits until I'm away to do it.  *sigh*  

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You asked what to expect my mum had a similar thing with her cat different animal I know but I'm sure the procedure is the same.

She rescued Jasper and took him to the vet for a check and he had worms they gave him treatment which she continued at home and then he pooped it out. She cleaned with bleach like you and all was good. I think he just had 1 big worm though. Sorry thats gross I no! But she has had no problems with him since just worms him regularly.

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Roundworms are very common with puppies. That's why they should be wormed a couple of times during their first two months. In fact, of all the different parasites that can and do get into a puppy's system, roundworms are one of the easiest to get rid of.  I think they sort of look like cooked spaghetti (sorry, especially if you're having pasta for supper tonight)

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Laith had roundworms 3 different times. Just watch out for the poop. He was dewormed (so the breeder said) on schedule. Pretty common. And one of the lesser expensive things at the vet. lol. 

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For real!  I have a really good vet that I'm very impressed with.  He seemed really excited about her ears, so I feel he will do a good job.  Pixie has been reaaaally bad today!!!!  She's been jumping, chewing, and peeing and pooping everywhere!  Finally just now she got the hint and went on a puppy pad.  I feel so encouraged now.  Maybe I'm doing something right now.  We gave her lots of praise and a treat when she did it.  I know it's a long road ahead, but she had at least one good moment out of many lol.

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She's very young!  Your patience will be tested every step of the way.  A bored puppy is a bad puppy.  Sit on the floor with her and roll a ball around for her to get, play with a stuffie with her, have her do sit and come, drop it, etc. during the play time (use hand signals as well as verbal, they seem to pick that up quickly).  Always mark the wanted behavior the second they do it with a "YES!".  Doberman pups LOVE to learn, and it does wear them out.  Plus it's fun to see them all proud of themselves when they "get it" about something.

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One thing you can do is to take her outside at least every two hours. I know you don't have a fenced area right now, but you can keep an area clean. You might think about installing a small fenced area now and expanding it later.

I am also thinking that you are not crating her and just letting her run loose in the house all the time. That is a hard way to train a dog. If you get a crate, get one with a moveable partition so you can reduce the area where she is now. Dogs and puppies will not go in the area where they sleep unless they have no choice. I started Princess in a crate from day one, and actually the breeder started the crate training so when I picked her up at 9 weeks, she was already accustomed to being in a crate.

I have her food and water bowls in her crate (large 20 oz ones) and when I let her out after feeding or in the morning, the first thing she does is head to the back door.

When you feed Pixie, keep her close for about 5 minutes and then right outside or to the pad if you are so inclined. Then don't let her leave until she goes. Then no more than 1 1/2 to 2 hours later, take her back outside or to the pad. This will drasticly reduce her going on the carpet in a very short time.

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I learned really fast that crating while that young is key. If you crate they can't make those mistakes. Unless you are 100% devoted to specifically playing while she is out- I would just crate her. 

I took out Laith every 15 minutes when he was out of the crate. He still had mistakes (usually within 2 minutes of coming back in). The peeing thing is just a concept they have to learn -- which takes time.