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Old 07-03-2011, 07:13 AM
 
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I suspect our dog might have worms. I took her out this morning, she usually will poo in 4 or 5 places. The first time had a lot of white rice looking, only longer (say 2 rice grains long). But the other 3 times, nothing like that. She also keep licking her butt like she's itchy. Her food does have brown rice only this was longer and I don't think it would clump together and only be in the first pile.

Question is, its a long weekend now. If I see that again and put a stool sample in the fridge will it be good for testing at the vet? I don't know if the cold might kill off anything that the vet will need to diagnose her.

Seems normal in all other ways. Though she did really hate it when I when I was washing her butt during her a bath - as in she tore out of the tub, over the covered kitty liter box and out the door. She's 12 or so and walks slow so this kind of speed is NOT typical
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Old 07-03-2011, 07:39 AM
 
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I suspect our dog might have worms. I took her out this morning, she usually will poo in 4 or 5 places. The first time had a lot of white rice looking, only longer (say 2 rice grains long). But the other 3 times, nothing like that. She also keep licking her butt like she's itchy. Her food does have brown rice only this was longer and I don't think it would clump together and only be in the first pile.

Question is, its a long weekend now. If I see that again and put a stool sample in the fridge will it be good for testing at the vet? I don't know if the cold might kill off anything that the vet will need to diagnose her.

Seems normal in all other ways. Though she did really hate it when I when I was washing her butt during her a bath - as in she tore out of the tub, over the covered kitty liter box and out the door. She's 12 or so and walks slow so this kind of speed is NOT typical
certainly not the grossest question we have ever had on here! Personally, I wouldn't "store" a stool sample in my fridge. There is a little thing called "e-coli" to consider. It would be better to take a "fresh" sample on on the day of the appt. If your dog does have worms, it should still show. If you want to keep the sample that has the issue you are concerned about to show them, I would wrap it up tightly and freeze it. Is it possible that your dog chewed a plastic toy or other item that could now be coming through her system? Plastic comes through a lot of times as little pieces that could look like worms. If she is licking a lot, something is bothering her back there. Do you see anything that doesn't look right?? If you see a lot of swelling, blood or especially if you see something that looks like a little red balloon or finger protruding out of her anus. Get her to a vet as soon as possible! If the answer is no to the above questions, then I would just watch her for the weekend. Definately get her to the vet next week but I'm not hearing anything that says "emergency vet" to me if the only symptom is stuff in her stool and some licking! Oh - and if the vet does say that she has worms and if you have any other dogs - get worming medicine for then as well. Usually if one has worms they all do! Good luck!
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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long rice grains and an itchy butt scream tapeworm.
i agree, i wouldnt store it, take a close up picture of the "rice grains' but otherwise only take a fresh sample to the vet...

a couple of days isnt going to be life threatening with tape so it could wait untill tuesday..but tape is highly contaeous to other dogs so be sure to ppick up imediatly and spray the spot with a bleach/water solution (10% bleach)

Praziquantel is the most commonly used treatment for tape worm, but over the counter meds are typically NOT effective so i wouldnt waste your money. just call first thing tuesday morning, tell them your seeing what you belive is tapeworm segments in her stool and you need a vet check asap for an effective wormer.
you will probably want to de-worm any other cats/dogs in the house as a precaution, tape is fairly prolific and can be dangerous if left untreated (dog can become overloaded)

while there for deworming get her a heartworm test too then as long as it comes up clear get her on a monthly heartorm preventative like heartguard, these heartworm preventatives also prevent intestinal parasites
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:14 AM
 
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Another reason I love using Revolution on our dogs.

No worms.

Last edited by Driller1; 07-03-2011 at 09:03 AM..
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:49 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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agreed ... sounds like tapeworm....

and DOUBLE agreed.... do NOT waste money on over the counter remedies..... they cost about the same as the vet prescribed remedy (which is really not very much) and do NOT work......
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Old 07-03-2011, 10:05 AM
 
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LOL! Yet another dog poo thread! LOL! But seriously, I would consult your vet.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:15 PM
 
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Thank you all for the info and advice. I almost didn't even ask because I thought you'd see something looking more like worms but I really wasn't sure. Now, I'll be getting her to the vet Tuesday and not trying out the store med's that don't work - appreciate that info. Will request heartworm test too - hadn't thought of getting that done, thanks for the reminder.

I didn't see anything different poking out so it looks like it can wait.

I'll need to get meds for our cat too, I'll find out if I need to bring in a sample for her too.

Funny, how with kids and animals, something questionnable almost always comes up outside business hours.
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:51 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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some vets will require a sample form the other pets, other vets will just treat all the animals in the house automatically, though dogs are more likley to get tape from cats than the other way around, so if your cat didnt have it first theres a lower likleyhood of him having them now, but even still i personally prefer to be safe.
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Old 07-04-2011, 07:17 AM
 
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I agree its better to be sure by having them both treated.

I wonder if that could be why our cat is constantly hungry?
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Old 07-08-2011, 06:09 PM
 
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Where is Dawn ??? She usually has the poop on poop .....
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