Q. Not sure if she has worms

Dec 4, 2022

Looked like there was worms in her poop but they were super long and neither of our other dogs have had it
What can we use besides dewormer to deworm her if it is worms

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Thank you for connecting with us. If you can still find the worm, put it in a zip bag and bring it along when you visit a vet. This way, you can bring the worms to the vet and your vet can easily specify the particular species. If you cannot see the worms but suspect she has them, a fecal test at the clinic would be carried out to confirm her status. With identification, the vet can easily prescribe medication. Although most of the active components of deworming products are similar, your vet will be able to make subtle changes to the prescription to be more accurate. If you do not want to visit the clinic, you can just purchase an OTC from the pharmacy and see how it goes. Since you have already administered the dewormer, you should give her at least a few days to a week.

After you have administered the dewormer, you should be expecting worms in her feces for the next few days. Seeing dead worms in the feces is a good sign because it means that the worms are being exterminated within the body. In general, you will be expected to see worms in the feces for a week. However, it may take up to a few weeks for certain dogs. Some of the mild side effects include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. They normally all resolve within 48 hours. Please only administer according to the instructions written on the product label. In other words, do not overdose or administer repetitively.

In the future, please deworm her regularly to prevent any infections.

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