We have a 12 week old Labrador we brought her from a good breeder and in her puppy pack she had said the pup had been wormed every two weeks and was due to be wormed again when she has her next jabs. So we took her to the vet and he said she has a BIG worm problem but she has had no symptoms she's got a little belly but I wouldn't say it's a pot belly at all she has been sick but no worms get stools are formed and no worms she has not been coughing or dragging her bum or any other symptoms I have read about. So the vet wormed her by using the stuff on the back of the neck and later we gave her the large tape worm tablet so I thought they may pass but this was four days ago still no signs or symptoms poo is still formed and worm free surely if she had such a big worm problem she would have passed something? I'm being very cautious of her around the children just incase but I'm thinking maybe he could have just been wrong ? Thanks. @H. I think i will take her for a second opinion i have also had previous bad experiences with vets. when our boxer was a pup he was passing loose bloody stools we took him to one vets he told me he had parvo and the best thing to do was to put him down we called the breeder and took him to their vets and he said he had hookworm...Imagine if i had have listend to the first vet i went to see?
@hawkeye im sure all pups and parents were wormed at the same time as the breeder purchased wormer from vets and took them all for vet checks at the same time so they would of advised it.
you dont worm dogs on a weekley basis but from two weeks old they should be wormed every two weeks up until 12 weeks of age after this it should be monthly until they are 6 months old.
I am also very aware it is important for me to raise a well behaved well trained dog but thanks for the advice...
@verulam2 Exactly how would he know it was a BIG worm problem without taking a stool sample ?? i mean if he had said ... she may have worms lets worm on the safe side i would of understood but he was so matter of fact about it. he did not ask us anything about the breader and we are very careful about who we purchase our pups from we travelled a long way for this pup and also visted her and the litter before she was ready to leave her mother also made sure hips and eye tests had been done as labs can be prone to this and good breeders should have this done. sometimes i think vets see me and my husband and think they are obviously young (mid 20's) i bet they have just gone and brought this pup on a whim without looking into it at all especially since it has fell that this pup come home with us so near to christmas which i can assure you she is not just a dog for christmas which is another comment he made to us in a jokeing way. i am a nurse and my husband also has a good job we would never have pup if we could not afford to care for them maybe sometimes some vets can be quick to judge but you get ...that everywhere i suppose. she will go back in four weeks to be wormed again and inbetween i will take her for a second opinion thanks for everyones advice and merry christmas