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  1. Was wondering about how I can best prevent hookworm infestation in my two older greyhounds since we just found out today that new adoptee has them. She's on Dr. Ng's "triple combination" protocol and I've been reading a lot here about treatments and issues (very disheartening, I must say) - but my bigger questions are around how to protect my two negative greyhounds. Unfortunately we weren't aware this was even an issue, so they ran around the yard together for almost two weeks - we have someone clean the yard once per week, and they often "go" on walks, so the yard has never been an issue. But...now we are concerned. I know that cleaning up right away is #1 (even though we can't do the "paper plate" thing of following her around since she's pretty skittish and she tried to get away from me when I followed her around with a baggie today, lol). Both existing greys are on Heartguard Plus and vet explained that even if they did get infected, it wouldn't really be the same thing since it wouldn't be chronic infestation that ended up in tissues and re-infected intermittently, and that the HG+ should protect them and kill any adults right away. Is this the case? Does cleaning feet immediately after being in the yard help? I've read the adults and eggs can't live through a hard freeze - but has anyone tried using one of those "poop freezing" sprays to kill them? We live in NC, so hot & humid weather is on the way - but if we pick up right away and then freeze whatever remains in the grass with the spray... might that work? I've read there is no proven way of treating yards - is that the case? I honestly don't care if I kill the grass, I just want to kill the hooks. Does anyone know how long they can live in soil? I guess our yard is infested now, which just sucks since we didn't know, but whatever - we have to deal with it. Can we do anything at all? Spray with bleach? Wondercide? Anything? Or... are we just waiting for a hard freeze this winter? Finally, how many of you have dealt with a new adoptee "infecting" your existing greys (or other dogs)? Are they easier to treat as my vet suggested? Is there anything else I can to help our new girl and our existing two? Still researching her treatment, but hoping to get a crash course in protecting the other two. Should we section off our yard and keep them separated? Buy them booties (which would be super funny)? Any tips or knowledge would be greatly appreciated!
  2. I'm new to this forum (and greyhounds) and have learned a lot from all the great posts here, but I do have some additional questions. We adopted Coco about 6 weeks ago and she was hookworm positive (shocking). The group we adopted from gave her a dose of Pyrantel the day we picked her up and instructed us to give her 4ml every 2 weeks. I have been doing just that, but her poop tends to get worse for a day or two after the treatment, is this normal? She has only had 1 good, pick up able poop since we have had her. I do my best to pick it all up, but it really is impossible as it mostly comes out as a soft serve plop! I've read that Panacur and Drontal don't really do the job, plus the hookworm ingredient in Drontal is Pyrantel. The vet is telling me that I need to give her 6ml of Pyrantel based on her 62lb weight. I don't want to overdose her as it seems her tummy might be sensitive. We give her Sentinel for heartworms/hookworms. Any thoughts? I was feeding her Whole Earth Farms Chicken and Rice and I am slowly transitioning to Merrick Lamb and Sweet Potato, I'm only up to about 1/4 Merrick per feeding. I am thinking she could have an issue with chicken so I thought I would change her protein source to see if that makes a difference. She eats whatever I put in front of her without issue. I have been giving her a good quality probiotic and digestive enzymes and this week I have started her on 8 gentleman, a chinese medicine supplement that is mixed with her food. I read in a forum 8 gents helped another grey with very loose stools. This morning she woke us up early and my husband took her out. She urinated but didn't immediately poop, he waited and she eventually pooped but about the same time her tummy started making all sorts of gurgling noises and she started eating grass. She came back in and started putting everything (including her blanket) in her mouth as if she was starving. Her tummy was still going so I only fed her half her normal breakfast and she has settled down on her bed and the tummy seems quiet. I feed her 1.5 cups of food about 6:30am and again about 4:00pm. She is such a great girl, but to me she seems to be taking a bit to become comfortable on our walks (or anytime we leave the house or yard). She used to freeze every few yards, now it is a good bit better and I'm so proud of her, so hopefully this is getting better. Any help or suggestions about our situation will be very appreciated!
  3. We're a couple months into the Prison Protocol and realized that the two meds (Advantage Multi and Drontal Plus) cover pretty much everything except for ticks What do others using the protocol do for tick prevention? We're wary of combo products, we don't want to double up on meds that are for the other bugs, since we know he's already covered, but we're having a hard time finding anything just for ticks. What do you guys like/use?
  4. Looking for opinions from this greyt group! I've been lurking for a while but could now use some insight, or to be told that I'm overthinking it! We've had our new grey (Bismarck) for about a month now and have been debating changing his food, for a couple of reasons: 1) He is on Purina One SmartBlend Chicken & Rice - I know, I know, full of all the "crap" they say not to feed your dog (corn/soy/wheat). But it's what he was on at the kennel and when he came home he refused to eat anything else. We try not to give in completely to the hype about the need for super fancy dog food, but we're thinking he should be on something better. Especially judging by the volume of poop, it seems like there is plenty that is not being absorbed. 2) We're hoping to find something that makes him feel more full, especially overnight. (All those fillers certainly don't seem to be doing it). We currently feed a morning meal, an after work meal, and a right before bed meal which also includes some Olewo carrots, but he still wakes up acting like he's not been fed for days and days (potty-schmotty, I must eat now!!!). On the other hand, we've been hesitant to switch food because by all measurable accounts it agrees with him very well. He is not gassy/gurgly, he's not overly itchy/yeasty, his coat/skin are in great shape, we're monitoring his weight but it is in a good place, and his poops aren't perfect but they are 'fine' - much better than we expected during a hookworm infection. (We're one month into the Prison Protocol treatment) And I wonder if it's even possible for a dog to feel full when they have hookworms? It seems like I've read here that a lot of people see a big change in their hounds' hunger once the worms are gone. Do the hooks cause the higher volume of poop/poor absorption? Even as their numbers wax & wane during the treatment period? Or is the volume more likely the result of a food full of fillers? Both? Does it make any sense to try to change food while we're still dealing with hooks? And, if he's doing this well, does it make sense to try to change it at all? Any and all insight and opinions are appreciated
  5. Has anyone been successful in eradicating hookworms by using the Prison Greyhound Program hookworm protocol to the letter?
  6. Does anyone know if tortoises can transfer hookworms to dogs? Are reptile parasites/nematodes transferable to mammals, specifically canines? We've been battling hooks for almost a year now. It occurs to me that the tortoises that frequent our yard may have something to do with Lola being reinfected. Thoughts?
  7. Good Morning All - While I know this has been a topic multiple times, I have read through and am seeking advice on some of the common side-effects people have seen with de-worming meds. My grey is 4 years old, and has had hooks off and on since we adopted him approximately 7 months ago. He has had two fecal tests that were clear; however, last week he tested positive again. We took in a sample as he had a decreased appetite and typically that indicates that his tummy isn't feeling 100%. He is not a huge "food driven" grey but does usually have a decent appetite overall. On a typical day, he gets a mix of Nutro Ultra Dry and Canned Food. Okay, fast-forward to today (Monday 05/21/18), Keeper went to the vet on Saturday (two days ago) and was administered and oral de-wormer in-house (unsure what the name of it is). Then, the vet I am working with has opted to replace his monthly preventative to Advantage Multi (he was taking Sentinel) for three months. He was given his first dose of the Advantage Multi yesterday. My question for everyone on here is: 1. Have your greys experienced a decreased appetite with hooks? (Mine has been eating, but not consistently and not enthusiastically. He has not wanted to eat his kibble, but will eat biscuits and baby food)2. If yes, once treated - how long did it appear to take for them to have their appetite's back? I am wondering if maybe the suppressed appetite is simply because he doesn't feel well and that the meds are upsetting his tummy while they do their "magic" with the hooks. Please know I have been in consistent contact with my vet, I am just reaching out to see what other's experience has been. My grey has been drinking, passing bowel movements and urinating normally. I did check his temp and have been watching that his gums stay healthy pink as well. Thanks to all for any insight!!
  8. Good evening, I am seeking advice regarding an issue I am having with my Grey (Keeper). About a week ago, Keeper did not want to eat his breakfast and I could hear his stomach gurgling. After reading some posts, I gave him a Pepcid Tablet and within 1 hour - he ate normally. My vet also recommended that I try to feed him a "snack" before bed as this may help with the stomach acid buildup overnight. My husband and I started that this last week and have had no problems since then (yay!). When Keeper does refuse to eat, it is usually accompanied by some loose stool; however, once he eats he gets back to normal very quickly. This brings us to last night. My husband and I were out for dinner and came home to find he had vomited in his crate, when we let him out he continued to vomit (approximately 5 more times), with the last few episodes consisting of mostly bile. Tonight, he doesn't want to eat his dinner. We plan to do the following and are open to suggestions/thoughts of what this may be and / or potential treatments: We will be bringing a stool sample into the vet tomorrow morning. Continue to give him a snack before bed (unless recommended differently from our vet) Please note the following: Keeper is drinking normally (without issue) and does not appear to be dehydrated (skin and gums in good color and responsive) He has seemingly normal energy overall and did play with his toys a bit today He has not had any blood in either his stool or his vomit - even when its been on the looser side There has been no new foods added to his diet and he has been eating the same food for over 5+ months without issues He has yogurt (plain, greek) and pumpkin added to his diet regularly Thank you for any thoughts/advice. I will keep you all posted on what the stool sample reads tomorrow as well.
  9. I've read what I could on this forum regarding hookworms, but I have another question, please. The grey we adopted last week was diagnosed with hookworms yesterday. She was prescribed STRONGID liquid and we gave her one dose, and the vet said to give her the other dose in three weeks time. Per the vet's instructions, we have also started her on Fortiflora probiotic. She's 2 1/2, healthy and active, but her droppings are somewhat mushy. We have been picking up her droppings as soon as possible. Is there any good, over-the-counter medication which could/should be given following her next dose of STRONGID, something which could be used as a further preventative? We have two other dogs (not greyhounds), and maybe they should start this preventative as well? Thanks!!
  10. Hi all, New member here! It's been a complex journey for our 5 year old girl, and we're hoping for some advice from this wonderful forum! Warning: novel ahead. We adopted our girl Clover in early July. After 1 week of pudding poop streaked with blood, room-clearing gas, and a rumbly tummy despite a decent appetite (was eating about 2 cups of Blue Buffalo wilderness salmon or chicken flavored moistened with water once at night because she either hates her food and refuses to eat it until she's starving, or she only eats after her last walk of the day - we're not sure which), a vet checkup told us she had hookworm, which was treated with 2 rounds of Drontal plus and a 5 day course of Panacur. During the time of her first Drontal plus dose, she proceeded to have slightly more formed poops, but still extremely soft as we continued the Blue Buffalo Wilderness food. She had less gas and less tummy rumbling around this time, but still present. We found out during this time that she refused to eat pumpkin or yogurt. After 2.5 weeks, she started having loose pudding poops again, and we figured it was close enough time to deworm with Drontal again (technically we were supposed to give it after 3 weeks). She also got into the trash and ate several cooked ribs and chicken bones. She had horrible liquid maroon diarrhea which brought her back to the vet. We were never sure whether the liquid diarrhea was a reaction of the Drontal/hookworms dying, or irritation from eating too many cooked bones. The vet prescribed a 5 day course of 500mg 2xday metronidazole, and we put her on a bland chicken and rice diet again. Since running out of Blue Buffalo, the bland diet was slowly transitioned to a new kibble, Diamond Naturals grain free chicken and sweet potato flavor. She seemed to like the Diamond grain free chicken food well enough, and would occasionally eat 2 cups 2x a day if I bribed her with add ins like sardines, boiled chicken, or cheddar and parmesan cheese (usually dinner and midnight snack - she's not a very enthusiastic eater of kibble in general, and always skipped breakfast/lunch). I also started giving her Fortiflora each day mixed in with cream cheese or peanut butter (she refused to eat her kibble with it), and her poops were AMAZING for about 2-3 weeks. We were also attempting to train her basic commands with cheese, and she was enjoying bully sticks, beef trachea, or greenies as her daily chew treat. She went from her racing weight of 52 to a healthier appearing weight of 55 during this time. After these 2 weeks of perfect tootsie roll poops, no gas, and no rumbly tummy, the vet told me Diamond naturals food used to be the worst kind of food back in the 80s and made lots of dogs sick, and recommended changing foods after the current bag, so I did some research and found Fromm, which sounded like great food. During the transition to Fromm Holistic Gold (grain inclusive) she started having pudding poops streaked with blood again. We panicked and tried to put her back on Diamond grain free, the whitefish flavor because of the great reviews here. We were not sure if it was the grain food transition or the cyclical loose stool happening again. Two fecals done within a week apart showed no parasites, but I was encouraged to deworm again, this time with a 5 day course of Panacur. She deteriorated scarily fast during deworming, refusing to eat and pooping a variety of tiny blobs of orange mucous every few hours, as well as having liquid maroon diarrhea again. The vet put her on a 4 week course of 250mg 2xday metronidazole with a different brand of probiotic, and did a variety of blood and stool culture/fecal exams, which all came up negative except for one test for pancreatitis that was mildly elevated. She also dropped back down to 53 pounds at this time. The vet told us she definitely had some kind of colitis, but was unsure if it was from hookworm or a food/treat sensitivity. She told us again that Diamond was a bad brand of food and advised us to stay away from it. She also warned us that dogs cannot have cheese or any other fatty foods, which may (she didn't sound very sure) have set off a mild case of pancreatitis which could lead to EPI, necessitating pancreatic enzymes for life. We decided to cut out cheese, and tried a new high fiber, low-fat, different protein-based food, Blue Buffalo Healthy Weight Red Meat, which is 33% protein mostly beef, 9% fat, and 10% fiber. We transitioned Clover to this new food from a bland diet of cooked/drained ground beef and rice along with the metronidazole, probiotic, and Olewo carrots, and after 3 weeks, her poops ranged in color from light brown to orange, and from pudding to formed but soft. She refused to eat more than 2 cups a day of this food, which was definitely not enough to maintain her weight, but she still ate bully sticks and beef trachea with gusto. After 3 weeks of this, we had friends sing the praises of a raw diet, and decided to add 1 Primal beef patty each day to her 2 cups of kibble. She loves the raw patty and wolfs it down greedily any time of day I put it down instead of after her last walk of the day. However, after 1 week of the Primal, her stool has not improved, and is getting stinkier, with horrific gas, tummy rumbling, and grass-eating. She does not appear to have gained back the lost weight despite eating about 1200 calories/day in 1 meal. At this point, we are completely out of ideas, and dangerously low on money for additional vet testing. We don't know whether to finish off the bag of beef Primal since she's not had any improvement in 1 week of it, despite her LOVING to eat it more than any kibble. We don't know if we should try the chicken flavor of Primal since she seemed to do so well on a chicken based diet in the past. We don't know whether to ask the vet for more of the 500mg 2xday dose of metronidazole because she did so well after that first 5 day course rather than the second 3 week course of 250 mg. We don't know if we should try a different antibiotic such as Tylan. We don't know whether to try Olewo beets instead of carrots, since apparently beet pulp is the miracle worker in Iams Green Bag. We don't know if she actually had pancreatitis and need to continue a low fat, high fiber diet (I bought 5 different other brands of low fat, high fiber foods to try with various protein sources after the Blue Buffalo including Merrick, Wellness Core, Canidae, Annamaet, and Fromm). We don't know if she now has EPI and needs to be on pancreatic enzymes. We don't know if we can switch her back to Diamond Naturals grain free chicken, since it's not a low fat/high fiber food, and the vet seems to have a vendetta against it. We don't know if maybe we should try Iams green bag. We are just lost as to what would be the next best step to try, and would appreciate any advice going forward. Thank you!
  11. My girl Lilly is extremely sensitive to any oral medications due to a compromised digestive system. I've tried several monthly alternatives, both oral and topical, and she has had bad reactions to all of them. We do not have a flea issue, or a heartworm issue, though those are getting close in our area and I would have her on a monthly if I could. However she has had bad hookworms in the past, and recently we had a scare that turned out to be something innocuous. I'm looking for non-chemical alternatives for her. Does anyone have any onformation of food-grade diatomaceous earth/ Or anything else that I might be able to try. I will do some research on my own, and talk to our vet, but I wanted to tap the GT hive mind as well. Thanks!
  12. I can't seem to post clickable links on GT anymore (and haven't had time to figure out why). So here it is in the old fashioned way. From this site -- http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/hookworm-in-dogs -- I learned today that retreating for hooks in 3 weeks may not be soon enough. "Treatment should be repeated in one to two weeks, because the initial deworming activates encysted larvae and causes a new crop of adult worms to appear in 10 to 12 days." That's what seems to have happened with Shane, who was treated about 10 days ago. This gives me courage to go ahead and retreat now. He's really suffering. (Weird. It actually posted with a clickable link. Yay!)
  13. Our new foster that, fell into our laps unexpectedly Tuesday while my husband was out running in our local forestry, has hookworm and whipworm pretty bad. The first thing I did was take him to the vet for his shots and they gave him his first dose I'd drontal plus. They are going to give him his next round in 3 weeks when he goes in for his neuter. Anyway, vet said that our others should be fine since they are on trifexis. She also said to pick up his poos, but here's the problem. He's had pretty much water poos since he's been here. When I've caught him going I have been trying to go and spray the area with bleach, but I know I've missed several times. Obviously there is nothing to pick up.... My problem is do I need to be worried about my whole yard getting infested or since its only getting colder here will my yard be okay? I really worry because we just moved to a new house with almost an entire acre fenced in for them to run. I hate to think of the yard being infested with parasites!
  14. Why is Virbantel over-the-counter and Drontal Plus is prescription (and more expensive)? Any reason not to give Virbantel for hooks and tapes?? ALL of our adoptables are coming in with hooks, and some with tapes, lately. :-(
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