Good news! Emma is now up-to-date on all her shots, and she can go to the dog park and play with Sammie and the other dogs out there.
Bad news is that her last fecal sample indicated the presence of some… unwanted guests. Roundworms to be precise.
According to Boston Street Vet Animal Hospital, roundworms are fairly common in puppies, no matter their background. They can be passed on from the mother in the womb or through her milk after birth. Symptoms include:
- a pot belly appearance (only when she’s eaten a lot)
- weakness (definitely not)
- diarrhea (all the time)
- vomiting (yep)
- poor coat condition (remember me complaining about her dandruff?)
- belly pain (nope)
- weight loss (no again – she gained almost 10 pounds between her last vet appointment and now!)
- appearance of adult roundworms in stool (haven’t been checking…)
Nasty little buggers, roundworms can be transmitted to humans (and some species can even be transmitted to cats). I didn’t find out what kind Emma has, but we have a liquid worming regimen that we will be giving to Emma once a week over the next six weeks. In the meantime, we have to wash our hands thoroughly any time we come in contact with her poo. After the six weeks are up, we’ll have to submit another fecal sample to check and make sure they’re all gone.
Intestinal worms give me the heebie geebies, and the idea that I could get them too really creeps me out!