Intestinal Parasites Average Cost

From 481 quotes ranging from $200 - 500

Average Cost

$300

First Walk is on Us!

✓ GPS tracked walks
✓ Activity reports
✓ On-demand walkers
Book FREE Walk

Jump to Section

What are Intestinal Parasites?

Intestinal parasites do not affect only certain breeds, all dogs are susceptible. Hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, giardia and coccidia are some of the more prevalent intestinal parasites that dogs can get.

It is common for your dog to become infected with an intestinal parasite at some point. There are numerous intestinal parasites that can afflict your dog, which is why regular fecal exams by your veterinarian will hopefully catch any infestation before it becomes serious or even life threatening. Some intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans, so early detection and careful handling of your dog’s feces is important.

Book First Walk Free!

Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Most intestinal parasites do not show symptoms until the infestation has become severe. This is why preventative care and regular fecal exams are important to catch the infestation in its early stages. If you notice any of these symptoms, collect a stool sample from your dog and have your veterinarian check for any parasites.

Hookworms will attach to the wall of the stomach and puncture blood vessels to feed on the blood. Hookworms can be transmitted to humans.

  • Poor growth in puppies
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark, tarry stools
  • Anemia

Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasites in dogs. Almost all dogs will have an infestation of roundworms at some point in their lifetime. Roundworms can be transmitted to humans.

  • Diarrhea with mucus
  • Poor growth in puppies
  • Distended or swollen abdomen
  • Worms visible in feces
  • Vomiting worms
  • Coat is lackluster

Tapeworms are flat, segmented worms that are found within the intestine. The segments of a tapeworm can become independent worms. Tapeworms can be transmitted to humans.

  • Malaise
  • Irritability
  • Failure to digest food or absorb nutrients
  • Diarrhea 
  • Emaciation
  • Variable appetite
  • Shaggy coat
  • Worms or segments visible in the feces

Giardia is a one-celled parasitic organism that takes up residence in the small intestine. It is not a worm, bacteria or virus. Humans and dogs can contract giardia and easily transmit it back and forth.

  • Diarrhea
  • Poor condition
  • Weight loss
  • Death

Coccidia are one-celled organisms that causes an intestinal tract infection. The most common type of coccidia found in dogs cannot be easily transmitted to humans. Other less common types can be transmitted to humans.

  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Lethargy
  • Death

Causes of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Causes of intestinal parasites in dogs will vary depending on the type of parasite that has been identified. Your veterinarian can help you identify the source of the intestinal parasite once it has been classified.

Hookworm

  • Eating infective larvae
  • Transmission during nursing
  • Direct skin penetration

Roundworm

  • Passed from mother to puppies in utero
  • Transmission during nursing
  • Ingestion of larvae
  • Through contact with infected feces

Tapeworm

  • Eating infected prey animals
  • Fleas

Giardia

  • Dirty drinking water
  • Eating feces

Coccidia

  • Swallowing contaminated soil
  • Eating contaminated feces

Diagnosis of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Your veterinarian can diagnose most intestinal parasites by examining a stool sample under a microscope. The number of eggs or larvae present in the stool sample will give your veterinarian an idea of how severe the infestation is. The actual parasite will also be identified.

Once your veterinarian has determined that your dog has an intestinal parasite infection, a treatment plan will follow.

Treatment of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Treatment will vary depending on the severity of the infestation and the type of parasite. Always follow the prescribed treatment plan exactly and take proper precautions to keep from becoming infested with the intestinal parasite.

Hookworm

Prescription oral medications will be used to eliminate adult hookworms. The treatment plan must be repeated several times to ensure that all hookworms have been expelled. A fecal exam during each follow-up visit will help your veterinarian in determining how effective each treatment has been.

Be sure to remove all feces from your yard immediately following your dog’s defecation to keep soil contamination to a minimum. Place feces into a plastic bag, seal and throw in the trash. Wash all bedding that your dog has had contact. Always use gloves when handling feces or contaminated bedding. 

Roundworm

Most puppies will have been put on a schedule of anti-parasitic medications that remove roundworm infestations by their breeder. Once your dog is old enough for heartworm preventatives, ask your veterinarian about a medication that also controls intestinal roundworm infections.

Remove all feces from your yard daily. Use gloves and put feces in a plastic bag to keep contamination to a minimum. 

Tapeworm

Anti-parasitic medications will be given either orally or by injection. These medications cause the tapeworm to dissolve in the intestines so a follow-up fecal exam will be necessary to determine if the infestation has been resolved.

Giardia

Metronidazole, which is an antibiotic, will be given for generally five to seven days. Fenbendazole may also be used with metronidazole. Follow-up fecal tests and treatments may be required depending upon the severity of the infection. If your dog is severely dehydrated, IV support may be required as well as other medications given by injection.

Wash your dog’s water bowl daily and give fresh water several times a day. Wash any bedding that your dog has come into contact.

Coccidia

 Anti-parasitic medication as well as oral antibiotic may be prescribed. Albon is a common treatment for coccidia. Your veterinarian will perform a follow-up fecal exam. Additional medications may be required. Be sure to treat all dogs in the home, not just the one presenting symptoms of coccidia.

If your dog is severely dehydrated, IV support may be required. Anti-diarrhea medication may also be administered if your dog is suffering from severe diarrhea. Remove all feces from your yard daily. Use gloves and put feces in a plastic bag to keep contamination to a minimum.

Recovery of Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Treatment and prevention are keys to keeping your dog free of intestinal parasites. Request a fecal exam with every visit to your veterinarian so intestinal parasites can be found and treated before a severe infestation can occur. By treating a slight infestation of intestinal parasites, a quick recovery can be assured. If the infestation becomes severe, it will take your dog longer to recover once treatments have begun.

Follow your veterinarian’s treatment plan and always use medications as directed. Make sure that a fecal exam is completed at your dog’s follow-up visit to ensure that the intestinal parasites have been eradicated. Additional treatments may be needed to completely get rid of the intestinal parasites.

Intestinal Parasites Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Daisy
Labrador Retriever
8 Months
Fair condition
-1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Worms In Stool

We recently rescued an 8 month old lab. We did not have any indication she had ever been to e vet so we took her wednesday morning. She recieved exam, distemper and rabies shot, bordetella shot, had a negative fecal test and was given heart gard and nexgard. Thursday evening during our walk she had two different stools that little whit flat worms in them. I also found the same looking worms in her kennel as well and ones that looked like rice. I took the samples to the vet friday morning and they said she has no intestinal parasites. So what is in her poop?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
It does sounds like Daisy has some worms, sometimes a faecal floatation test may be negative which is why we normally repeat them in suspected cases of worms to be on the safe side. Without looking at the worms and proglottids (rice segments) I cannot say whether they are definitely worms or not. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Daisy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Tysom
pit bull terrier
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

I have a 9 year old intact male pit bull who is has had serious explosive diarrhea since 11pm yesterday night. It started as your "normal" case of bad diarrhea and now about 10 hours since it began it now has quite a bit of blood in it. After he is finished doing his business he scrapes his hind end along the sidewalk/rock area in the yard. We haven't changed his food at all and he is still eating and drinking but he distants himself from my husband and I and our other dogs which isnt like him. I'm very concerned for my baby as well as my other dogs. I cannot afford a vet due to medical issues of my own but I don't want to lose my baby. Can someone help!?!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
There are various causes for diarrhoea with blood and may be due to something he ate, infections, parasites (protozoal), poisoning, colitis or another cause; whilst I understand that finances can be tight it is important to understand the specific cause so that treatment can be directed effectively. I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian regardless of cost since treating blindly would be irresponsible and if there is an infection, delaying treatment may cost more in the long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Tysom's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Harley and Maui
Yorkie
8 years and 6 years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

My dogs have no current symptoms but my mom's dog was over for a play date about a week ago and then a couple of days later one of my dogs threw up her evening meal and was slightly lethargic for about 8 hours (no other symptoms) and then another day or two my second dog threw up a little (no other symptoms)... Today found out mom's dog has some intestinal parasite. Both my dogs are eating and drinking fine and are acting like themselves, do I need to be concerned about them having a parasite, or is it just a coincidence and they just had "the flu"?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
It may be just coincidental but you should be giving Harley and Maui a monthly (or however indicated) anthelmintic (wormer) as well as flea & tick prevention too (heartworm if in an endemic area). If they are otherwise in good spirits you should just keep an eye on them. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Harley and Maui's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Hachiko
Shiba Inu
11 Weeks
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My puppy has been having diarrhea since we took him home from 11 weeks, he is still very active and always hungry, shots up to date and dewormed. Would he still get parasites? diarrhea has been on going for 5 days we tried switching and chicken and rice but it got worse. Please help!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

Anthelmintics (worming medicine) only gets rid of worms if they are there, they do not prevent worms in the future which is why regular use of worming medications is recommended. Diarrhoea may be caused by a few different causes including infections, parasites (worms and protozoa), foreign bodies, poisoning, colitis, food allergies among other causes. If the diarrhoea is persistent it would be best to have a faecal analysis done to check for any parasites and to have a general examination to see if there are any reasons for the diarrhoea. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Hachiko's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Duchess
Boxer
8 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
Weight Loss

I have a 8 year old boxer that had a sever uti last year and was prescribed antibiotics that cleared the infection. However, blood work showed that kidney was not functioning well and she was prescribed Vet-SAMe to help support kidney. The vet told us to focus on quality of life since kidney was poor. Since than, she has continued to slowly lose weight all though appetite is strong and has diarrhea 3-5 times a month. Could these be signs of worms, parasites or likely related to kidney function?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Diarrhoea and weight loss are symptoms which are non-specific and are common with many different diseases and conditions so it is difficult to narrow in on a specific cause; you should be treating for worms regularly with an anthelmintic as part of your prevention plan (worms, flea & ticks and vaccination). If kidney function is compromised, it is important to have your Veterinarian monitor it and also to try to determine whether there is an underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Duchess's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Willa
german sheperd
3 Months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

excessive thirst, excessive eating

I have a 3 month old German Shepherd puppy. She has been wormed and given her Parvo shot. My baby is having some symptoms and I'm not sure of what it could be, excessive thirst and hunger, soft to lose stool, and lethargic at times. She's also got heavy breathing while sleeping. I'm very concerned about this, because I have 2 older dogs as well as 2 adults and a 4 year old child in my home. What should I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
You should get a faecal sample checked out to look for parasites (protozoa not worms) and have Willa checked by your Veterinarian as there are many conditions which may cause these symptoms including infections, parasites, hormonal changes, malabsorption disorders among other causes. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Willa's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Dini
Mixed breed
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lethargic, not eating, drinking
Lethargic, not eating

My dog was prescribed Virbantel dewormer and was sent home. I gave my 2yr dog the dosage as prescribed and he is Very Lethargic and not wanting to walk unless he absolutely has to. Am I rite with being concerned about this?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Virbantel is a very commonly used dewormer, effective and safe at the correct dosage. Side effects are uncommon, other than mild diarrhea. The behavior that Dini is displaying is not normal after a dosage of Virbantel, and I would be concerned, yes. I'm not sure if he also had a vaccine at the same time, as that might explain what is happening? Either way, it would be best to have him rechecked as soon as possible to see what is going on with him and if he needs anything other than time to help resolve those signs. I hope that he is okay!

He wasn't given any vaccinations.

Add a comment to Dini's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Luna
Chihuahua
7 Weeks
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea
mucus

I adopted a 7 week old puppy Sunday & she has had loose stools. This morning it looked like mucus & what looks like a tiny bit of pink in her stool. She's eating & drinking fine! She's very active and playful in herself. Do you think it could be a parasites, stress or her diet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

It wouldn’t hurt to give Luna an anthelmintic (dewormer) to be on the safe side and to then give her on a regular basis. It would be best to visit your Veterinarian, especially if you haven’t started her vaccinations (vaccination may start between six and eight weeks) yet as pinkish stools may be indicative of hematochezia (fresh blood in stool) which could point to some infection like parvo, early detection and treatment is important. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Luna's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Beau
Mixed
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Hi My 2yr old dog was diagnosed with a tapeworm and he was given a dewormer Virbantel. He developed watery diarrhea and this is day 2. Vet is closed and won't open until Monday and I have had some unexpected costs most recently. Is it possible to provide something over the counter to get rid of diarrhea? I have been feeding him boiled chicken tenders. Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Virbantel (pyrantel pamoate and praziquantel) is an effective anthelmintic for tapeworms among others; if Beau has developed diarrhoea you should feed boiled chicken and rice as well as ensuring that Beau remains hydrated. If the diarrhoea is a side effect of the anthelmintic, no other treatment would be required as the stool will firm over over the coming days but if the diarrhoea is caused by another cause (infection, foreign object or poisoning) then another trip to your Veterinarian would be needed. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response. About how many days after the dose of Virbantel should I allow the diarrhea to continue before returning to the vet? Today, Sunday makes day 3.

Add a comment to Beau's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Xavier
Cocker Spaniel
3 Years
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Today my dog randomly just ate another female's feces. He's never done it before except for today. Then a couple hours later, he kept vomiting. It was mucusy and clear, and eventually it subsided and stopped. But he's also been eating grass alot of grass today as well. Could it be from changing dog food in the last week, or could it be something worse?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
There are various causes for a dog to eat another dog’s faeces, one off events may be down to something smelling particularly appetising in the stool (it does happen surprisingly) or due to behavioural issues, boredom, nutritional deficiencies (may explain eating the grass too) among other causes. It isn’t surprising that Xavier has brought up the faeces, I would keep an eye on him and ensure that he is hydrated; if you worm him regularly to a schedule I would just continue to do so, if not get an effective anthelmintic like Drontal Plus. Try to keep him indoors for a few days and see if he starts eating anything else, if so you would need to see your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Xavier's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ellie
Great Pyrenees
8 Weeks
Critical condition
0 found helpful
Critical condition

Has Symptoms

Roundworms

Our new puppy had diarrhea and was throwing up round worms. She spent the night in an emergency animal clinic the night after we picked her up. She was given an IV drip, Ivomec injection, Cerenia 10mg injection and Metronidazole Injection 5mg/ml-100ml. The next day we took her to another vet and she was prescribed Amoxicillin tablets 50mg 2x daily as well as metronidazole tablets 250mg half of one every 24 hours. She is getting progressively worse. She has stopped eating and drinking. Her last meal was at 2pm and we finally got her to eat a tablespoon of chicken. Nothing since. She wouldn't eat her puppy food at all. She won't drink at all. Her last sip was around 5-6 hours ago. We have given her 3 teaspoons of Pedialite that we are forcing down her with a syringe. She is lethargic and sleeps except when we force her up for a bit of Pedialite. We will take her back to the vet in the morning. She is 8 weeks old. She weighs just over 6 pounds and has lost about half a pound in 2 days. She is skin and bones. She is half Great Pyrenees and half Standard Poodle. The first vet said she tested positive for Parvo by a poop test. When we picked her up the next morning a different vet did a CBC and said she did not have Parvo. The breeder vaccinated her Friday the 16th for Parvo and 4 other things. Now the latest vet says she possibly could have it. This baby is getting sicker and sicker. What else can I do?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Without examining Ellie and doing a parvo test, I cannot confirm any diagnosis; however a diagnosis of parvo requires fluids, antibiotics and other supportive care which Ellie is receiving. If there is a large number of worm present, it is possible that an obstruction may occur if she was given an anthelmintic which may otherwise explain a loss of appetite. For the time being, continue treatment to maintain hydration and treat with antibiotics for any possible secondary infection and look for improvements; hydration is more important than food at this point so don’t worry too much about food. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

I have a strong Bernard which is about a year old and he have lost lots of weight in two months time , before that he use to eat almost 1.5kgs of food but now he doesn't eat even quarter of it and he is losing weight .... Please help me

Add a comment to Ellie's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Huxley
Catahoula mix
4 month
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Bloating
Gas
restlessness
Whining

I just bought my puppy, Huxley, today & he’s severely bloated, but boney. He keeps whimpering and getting up moving around and laying back down.
Should I buy dewormer or is a vet needed?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Worms are a common cause of bloating in puppies and an effective anthelmintic (dewormer) would help in many cases; if you have just picked Huxley up and he is in poor shape (boney) you should have him checked over to be on the safe side, also if he hasn’t been vaccinated you should start that as soon as possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Huxley's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Kemosabe
Boxer
6 Weeks
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Medication Used

metronidazole
Metronidazole, cerenia, panacur

Why does my dog still have loose stool with some red jelly like substance coming out as well!? It was determined by the vet that he had intestinal parasites. The Vet gave him meds and his stool was solid after he ate that evening. After medication(Day 2) his stool was back loose and red jelly substance was back. Is this normal for my puppy to still be pooping like this? Are the meds working?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Colitis or hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is always suspected when a dog is defecating red jelly (a raspberry jam appearing stool); this may be caused by parasites, infections and inflammatory bowel disease. Treatment isn’t overnight and can take a while, it may also look like it is not effective but be patient with the treatment plan. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Kemosabe's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Rudy
Bernese Mountain Dog
6 Months
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

Sudden onset diarrhea Tuesday December 12 (every 2 hours all night), fine Wednesday day, diarrhea every 2 hours Wednesday night, fine Thursday day, diarrhea every 30-45 minutes Thursday night. On Friday we started him on rice and boiled hamburger and had zero incidents on Friday and Saturday. Sunday we added a bit of kibble back in with the rice/beef and he was up four times with diarrhea Sunday night. Monday, no kibble and no diarrhea. Tuesday saw the vet and she wondered if it wasn’t a bad batch of kibble so I got a new bag and on Wednesday added 1/4 cup in each of three meals and he was fine. Added a bit more kibble today and he has loose stool again (looser than pudding but not watery spray). Parasite or food intolerance?? If it’s a parasitic infection would the diarrhea be consistent through the day- Why is it only when kibble is reintroduced?
Thanks

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations
Whilst parasites should be considered (especially protozoan parasites like Giardia), it is most likely that the cause is due to a food intolerance; I would look for a gastrointestinal sensitive diet to see if there is any improvement with that food compared to the current kibble. Also, you should ensure that Rudy is on a regular parasite control program for worms, fleas and ticks; however a faecal floatation test should be carried out to check for any parasites which may be present. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Rudy's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Beau
Mix
2 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

This is a follow up to my earlier question. Tapeworms, diarrhea started after meds, has had diarrhea for 3 days now. I have been only giving him boiled chicken since Friday. I understand this is a side effect of meds and the diarrhea he should recover in days. My follow up questions are:

How long should I allow the diarrhea to continue before a return visit to the vet? Also, how do I keep Beau hydrated? He is not drinking much water but he is definitely acting like himself.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
It would probably be a good idea to have Beau seen again today by your veterinarian if he isn't responding to the chicken and rice bland diet - he may need an anti-diarrheal if the treatment for the tapeworms caused insult to his intestines. If he is acting like himself, and not vomiting, it may be a very simple solution for your veterinarian to clear up his diarrhea. To assess if he is dehydrated, you can gently pull up on the skin behind his neck, and if it stays up, he is probably dehydrated. If it falls back down normally, he isn't dehydrated. Your veterinarian can help assess that for you as well and give him any supportive care that he might need. I hope that he is back to normal soon!

I have a puppy Chihuahua that is approximately 12 weeks old 3 or less pounds and had mucousy diarrhea with worms in it so immediately I started treatment he has had to treatment so far out of A 3 treatment pack the first day I gave him the treatment within an hour he seem to feel better in later on that night he seemed to not feel good and he has not ate or drank very much if any except for the 10mms of Gatorade and water about every 6 hours that I have to force down his throat and I even made him special food that I knew he would eat and he did not eat it I'm very concerned and was wondering if it sounded like it's the worms was severe so it's taking him a little longer come back or is it something else

Add a comment to Beau's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Stuart
Jack Russell Terrier
14 Years 1 Months
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

None as of yet

other cats in the home have been diagnosed with giardia and we were urged to get Stuart treated

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

If one animal in a group is diagnosed with giardia, it is best to treat all animals in the group (although some sources say it isn’t necessary to treat asymptomatic dogs or cats); also pick up faeces immediately and clean regularly during treatment. After the course of treatment, have all animal’s faeces tested for giardia. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Stuart's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Canelo
Mix yorkie and chihuahua
6 Weeks
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Sleeping all the time
Sad, poor apetite
Sad
Crying
Poor Appetite

Medication Used

No medications were prescribed
Any

I just got a new puppy. Can I buy over the counter medication for parasites?
Does he need any vaccinations yet?
I want to take him to my local veterinarian but I'm afraid that is going to be really expensive. However at the same time I want the best for my new puppy.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

You should visit your Veterinarian to start Canelo on his vaccines as puppies can start to be vaccinated from six to eight weeks of age; whilst you are at your Veterinarian you can also pick up some anthelmintics (worming tablets) as the over the counter products may not be as effective. As far as cost is involved, vaccines are worth it; whilst a course of puppy vaccines (from now until 16 weeks) may set you back as much as $150 (depending on where you go), the cost of treating a disease like parvo can be in the thousands. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Canelo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Lilo
Maltese poodle
5 Years
Moderate condition
0 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

diarrhea and bloody stools

My maltese/poodle mix is showing blood in stools occasionally. The stools are pretty much normal and firm but occasionally every few weeks will act up with diarrhea and bloody stools. I haven't had him on a dewormer since he was a puppy. I'm new to all this since this is my very first dog. Overall he is a pretty happy dog. I just recently changed his food to a better quality food - Blue - rice & chicken.
and stools look well formed - aside from this occasional diahrea with the bright red blood which is concerning - sometimes a good amount of blood. Like I said he can have normal stools for a length of time with no apparent blood and then the issue arises again. What is your advice and what can be causing this?
What are your recommendations for medication or a dewormer?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
1604 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. Without examining him and doing a rectal exam, I can't comment on what might be causing this blood. If he is not neutered, prostate disease can be a problem, as can intestinal parasites and food intolerances. It would be best to have him examined by a veterinarian, where they can look at him, assess his general health, and make recommendations for treatment. I hope that he does well.

Add a comment to Lilo's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Ranger
Black Labrador
3 1/2 years old
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Throwing up food

My dog (3 1/2 year old Black Lab, male) has thrown up all of his food today. This morning he ate & within 30 minutes he threw up his food. Tonight he ate before 1800 & he threw up at 0100. He eats his food right away (normally he eats a little at a time) I have noticed the last week or so he has been eating a little grass.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

There are various reasons why a dog will be vomiting after eating and seven hours between eating and vomiting is a very long period of time; vomiting may be caused by infections, parasites, foreign objects, other obstructions, esophageal disorders (vomiting usually occurs within minutes of eating), poisoning among other causes (pancreatitis, hormonal disorders etc…). If you haven’t wormed Ranger for awhile, you should give an anthelmintic and to give on a regular basis as outlined on the instructions. Try feeding Ranger smaller portions more often to see if this helps or changing his diet to a sensitive diet or boiled chicken and rice for a few days to see if there is an issue with his current food; if you have no success or you suspect Ranger may have a foreign body or has ingested something toxic visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Ranger's experience

Was this experience helpful?

Nuka
Golden Retriever
10 Weeks
Fair condition
0 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Loose stool

My 10 week old golden retriever pup has had loose stool since I got him when I got him at 8 weeks. I took him to the vet last week and she informed me he had parasites after taking a stool sample. She gave me medicine to give him for 3 days during his meal. Yesterday was his last day taking it and I noticed more parasites in his stool, the spaghetti looking ones. Is this normal for him to keep having them come out? If so, how long does it last? Just worried about him, never had my dogs have parasites before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
3314 Recommendations

Worms may still be present in the faeces for a few days after finishing the anthelmintic treatment, if you are noticing worms still after a week I would consult again with your Veterinarian; if you notice that the faeces are worm free after a few days it would be best practice to have another faecal exam done to ensure that there aren’t remaining worms, you just need to drop off a sample at the clinic and they’ll usually call with the results. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Add a comment to Nuka's experience

Was this experience helpful?