Guest Hotdogs Posted July 31, 2008 Share Posted July 31, 2008 I had posted a concern for one of my pups that she was thin and wouldn't eat enough 'real' food (ie not treats). I've also read that some dogs just seem to 'regulate themselves' and will not eat after a certain amount of food and my dog is one of those and has really become an extremely picky eater. But In the beginning of the summer she went on a hunger strike. She refused everything that she normally enjoys (except for treats). I introduced raw food into her diet and she began to eat again. She gained a few lbs. and had firm poo, so when I took her to the vet for her annual check up, I totally expected her stool sample to be normal. Instead, she tested positive for hook worms. She has been on heartgard since I adopted her about a year and a half ago. I don't leave my dogs unsupervised in the yard, and they are just now figuring out that our yard is an ok place to use the bathroom, so the few times they did use the yard to poo, I've cleaned it up right away. So, my point is, there is no stool in our yard. She went to our awesome dogsitter right at the beginning of the summer. Even though she is fantastic, she has a lot of fosters that come through her house and I'm wondering if she could have gotten them there. Could this have happened at some point in between doses??? We've gone to the dog park and I walk them in a really dog friendly park almost every day...so there are plenty of opportunities for her to be infected... Although, my other dog's stool sample tested neg. but Here are my questions: 1. Is Interceptor (sp?) better for preventing parasites? 2. Has this ever happened to anyone who has had their dog for a while and has had them on preventive medicine? 3. Is it possible that she has had these worms since before I've adopted her?--sounds silly, but she has always had an extremely sensitive 'stomach' and has had boughts of bigD that would come and go. She started her extremely picky eating habits about a year ago and she has been to a few vets (for more than one opinion to figure out why she won't eat) and she has been tested for tick-bourne diseases, kidney issues, you name it, but I really don't think anyone took a stool sample. anyway...ok....finished rambling... I just feel bad for my little gal and I am wondering if this could be the answer for her chronic eating/tummy issues and how it could have happened to her and if there is anything else I can do to prevent it from reoccuring. Any thoughts, opinions? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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