Q. My puppy was diagnosed with roundworms at her first vet appointment. She received dewormer and had worms in stool for about 4 days. I no longer see worms in her stool but her stomach is still distended (pot bellied look). She is acting normal.

Sun, Sep 10, 2023

We know about the umbilical hernia and plan to have that fixed when she is spayed.
Should I make a vet appt?

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Roundworms are intestinal parasites that can be transmitted from the mother to her puppies during pregnancy or through the milk. The dewormer your puppy received is designed to eliminate the worms from her system. It's positive that you no longer see worms in her stool, as this indicates that the treatment has been effective in eliminating the adult worms.

However, the distended or pot-bellied appearance of your puppy's stomach may still persist even after the worms have been eliminated. This is because roundworms can cause inflammation and irritation in the intestines, leading to temporary swelling or distention. It may take some time for the inflammation to subside and for your puppy's stomach to return to its normal appearance.

While a distended stomach can be a common symptom after a roundworm infection, it's important to monitor your puppy for any additional signs of concern. If your puppy is acting normal, eating well, and has normal bowel movements, it may not be necessary to rush to the vet immediately. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms, it would be advisable to schedule a vet appointment:

1. Severe or persistent vomiting: Occasional vomiting can be normal, but if your puppy is vomiting frequently or unable to keep any food down, it could indicate a more serious issue.

2. Diarrhea or bloody stools: If your puppy develops diarrhea or if you notice blood in her stool, it could be a sign of an underlying gastrointestinal problem that requires veterinary attention.

3. Loss of appetite or weight loss: If your puppy suddenly loses interest in food or experiences significant weight loss, it could be a sign of an underlying health issue that needs to be addressed.

4. Lethargy or weakness: If your puppy becomes unusually tired, weak, or lacks energy, it may indicate an underlying problem that requires veterinary evaluation.

Regarding the umbilical hernia, it's great that you are aware of it and plan to have it fixed when your puppy is spayed. Umbilical hernias are common in puppies and usually do not cause any significant health issues.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.