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Registered: 11-01-1999
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 9:44am

Help!  Roo Ben has intestinal worms!

He can't hold his stool for very long, and I haven't had him long enough for us to communicate "need out" very successfully.  He has pooped in the house about four times.  This morning I heard him rouse about a half hour before our alarm went off.  I didn't get up because all four animals would have awakened and wanted to be fed immediately, and I didn't want to mess up our schedule.  When I got up, Roo Ben had left me a trail.  Firm stool I could just pick up with a tissue.  But it looks like he has worms :(  I bagged a "sample."

I have e-mailed my foster coordinator for instructions. 

The vet clinic the rescue uses is 'way the other side of Fort Worth, and with gasoline at nearly $3.60 a gallon, I really didn't want to have to go there!  I wish I could just run the stool sample to my vet a mile down the street and have Pug Rescue reimburse me.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: glebou
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 12:24pm annoying!!  But the poor little guy is probably uncomfortable too.  Thankfully this isn't something that is "seriious"....just inconvenient until it can be cleared up.

Poor you and poor Roo....

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Mon, 02-18-2013 - 1:30pm

Well, I drove the 36 mile round trip to Westcreek to get Roo Ben's medicine.  The vet tech said he tested positive for tapeworm when he was there 2/5.  I didn't know that because Rescue didn't give me any of his medical records.  All I have is his intake paper from the Humane Society where he was initially surrendered and his rabies certificate.

So I guess it is still tapeworm, and I have two pills - one for today and one for two weeks from today, if I still have Roo Ben by then.

I really wish all medical paperwork would follow the dog.  It would be helpful to have all that information.  I want to know if he has been Frontlined, too, since tapeworm is borne by fleas.

It is supposed to be 70 degrees today.  I think I will bathe Roo Ben.  I have always bathed my pugs in the kitchen sink.  When I remodeled my kitchen, I ordered a special sink and fauicet just so I could do that.  But I'm not sure Roo Ben will FIT in the sink.  I may have to put him in the tub.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: twig04
Tue, 02-19-2013 - 6:26am

Hi Gaye

Oh my, such a simple thing to treat but when ya don't know,,,,, main thing is now you do and it was treated so hopefully it will be gone and that other furbabes didn't pick it up.  Also hoping that Roo Ben gets housebroken real soon....   ((patience))