Tape worms, flees, and how to keep my girl health.

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Hello Everyone,

Just got back in from my lunch time hike (2 plus miles) with my Victoria and while she was doing her business and I picked it up (like every good owner should do) I saw worms.  Flat little white ones.  Called the vet and more than likely it is tapeworms from flees.  She just had a full work up including fecal exam and all was negative.

I had taken her to the drop zone (I skydive) this past Saturday and I'm sure she got them from there.  I stopped by the vet on Saturday evening and got a flee pill for her.  I fed her and gave her the pill.  So now I got back this Friday and get a de-wormer.  How do I stop her from getting flees?

My yard is sprayed, my other "KIDS" (cats) have the flee meds on them.  What are the options?

Thanks.

Patrick

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The spray in your yard is really unnecessary and sometimes is toxic to your animals.


If your cats are on topical flea prevention you should know that your dog needs a topical flea prevention as well.  Your dog will always pick up fleas, no matter if they go out or stay in your home, as you unknowingly can bring them back to your house.

Your vet should have suggested a product to you like Advantage, Frontline, or any other number of safe topical flea preventions.  Never buy the cheap products like Hartz over the counter as they are not a safe or reliable product.

If you are in a tick area they sell flea/tick prevention.

Is your dog fully vaccinated?  If not, she shouldn't be going anywhere until she is older and has had all her shots.

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I'd go with Advantage or Frontline if I were you. Thing is, she'll pick up fleas, but once they bite her, they die. 

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Victoria has all of her shots and is all updated.  That was completed prior to her picking me and documented by my vet.  I have my other "Girls" on Frontline and will get their big sister on it tonight too.

Thanks and a trip back to the drop zone will be this weekend.

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Tapeworms are contracted by ingesting fleas.  Very often it doesn't show up in a fecal sample under microscope.  It's like you said, you see in on the stool.  You need to get tapeworm medicine from your vet.  And get rid of the fleas.  Easier said than done I know in some areas, Advantage or Frontline.

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Vist is planned and scheduled.  I don't want to do a "Drop Off" because of just being rescued and with me.  Friday is the visit and tonight I'll have her on the Frontline.  Thanks.

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Tapeworms are their own little special demons---the dog need meds from the vet made especially for tapeworms.  General over-the-counter wormers just wont do it.

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Roger that Ziva's Dad.  I called the vets office and will be seeing them for meds on Friday.  I could drop her off but I just got her less then three weeks ago from the rescue, I didn't want to do that to her.  I'll be in the room with her while the vet and the tech are with her.

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Definitely get her on Advantage or Frontline ASAP.....it's a monthly pill and it solves the whole problem

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Good luck to you and your little girl Pat!

Pat23918's picture
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Thank you all.  I'm a new daddy and need to make sure I'm doing the right things.  :D  Thank you all.

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Kudo's to you on the rescue and I applaud you staying with her during the examp. You are correct in that she needs to trust that you will not abandon her. In a few months, you will need to work on short separations so she doesn't develop a separation anxiety.

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I don't have a few months.  At the end of December, I'll be gone for almost two weeks.  I have found a very good boarding place and I hope it will go OK.  I have gone to the drop zone for about 6 hours separate from her.  She seamed to be OK with it.

Suggestions?

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I switched this year from using Frontline (good stuff) to K9 Advantix (better I think). I noticed that Jax was getting attacked by mesquitos and other smaller flying insects in the summer. Advantix does everything Frontline does (fleas & ticks), but it also protects against flying biting insects. Don't forget to use Interceptor or other types of heartworm protection. Flea/tick topicals and heartworm prevention pills are essential every month, unless you live in a pure snow environment.

BTW, applying topicals on dobies are sort of a challenge. I've had to spread their hair perpendicular to the length of their body, instead of parallel with long hair dogs. He also has a this long wet spot along his spine all day because his hair is short. Anyway, it's important to get the topicals on the skin.

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I'll have to check with my vet.  I'm in Florida and there are some flying pest here.  :D  As of now, I plan on giving it to her the first of each month.  Makes it easier to remember on my part.  :D

Thank you for all of the advice.

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Update on Victoria.  Vet visit went OK.  She is very nervous being there and I don't blame her.  We got a deworm and for the tape worms, it was virbantel X 2 with a second dose in two weeks.  Heartworm was giving on the 1st of the month and I'm set up for the next six months with flee and heartworm.

Recommendations?  I just want to make sure I'm going her right.  My "GIRLS" and her have not warmed up but it is work in progress.

Next item will be weather and how cool outside before she needs a "Sweater"?  She didn't want to run with me in the low 40's and I didn't force her.  This morning, temps are in the upper 50 to low 60's and she wanted to run.  Suggestions?

Thanks.