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De-Worming a Dog

at 19:25 - 5th, March 2009

Okie, I grew up with dogs. I saw a lot of disgusting things on my dogs and coming out of them, but THIS, this REALLY took me off guard. Our vet gave us de-worming medicine yesterday, I knew that this was standard procedure for puppies but I never thought much about it.

So this morning I give ma puppie his little pills with his breakfast this morning and I think nothing of it. I was expecting this pill to kill any possible microscopic parasite that we did not know about.

So just before supper tonight, the dog goes on his paper to poop this THING came out of Castro's ass:


Thank god Alex was there, I thought I was going to pass out. There was no way I was picking those up.


Then I did some Research about this type of worm and here is what I found. It is pretty disgusting:


Toxocara canis has one of the most amazing life cycle in the animal kingdom. It is crucial to understand this life cycle if effective treatment is to be pursued.

STEP ONE: Toxocara eggs are passed in the host’s feces. If a fecal sample is tested, the eggs can be detected. The embryonic worm develops in the outdoor environment inside its microscopic egg for one month before it becomes able to infect a new host. If environmental conditions are favorable, it takes about a month for the egg to become infective but Toxocara eggs are famous for weathering harsh environmental conditions. Eggs can remain infective for months to years.

Note: Fresh feces is not infectious.

STEP TWO: The egg containing what is called a “second stage larva” is picked up from the dirt by a dog or by some other animal. usually in the course of normal grooming. The egg hatches in the new host’s intestinal tract and the young worm burrows its way out of the intestinal tract to encyst in the host’s other body tissues. If the new host is a dog, the life cycle proceeds. If the new host is a member of another species, the larvae wait encysted until the new host is eaten by a dog.

STEP THREE: These second stage larvae can remain encysted happily for years. If the host is a dog, the larvae mostly encyst in the host’s liver. When the time comes to move on, the larvae excyst and migrate to the host’s lungs where they develop into “third stage larvae.” They burrow into the small airways and travel upward towards the host’s throat. A heavy infection can produce a serious pneumonia. When they get to the upper airways, their presence generates coughing. The worms are coughed up into the host’s throat where they are swallowed thus entering the intestinal tract for the second time in their development.

If the host is pregnant, the larvae do not migrate to the lung after they excyst; instead they home to the uterus and infect the unborn puppies. The second stage larvae make their way to the puppies’ lungs to develop into third stage larvae.

If the host is a nursing mother, second stage larvae can migrate to the mammary gland instead of the lung after excysting. Puppies can be infected by drinking their mother’s milk, though, due to the intrauterine cycle described above, the litter would probably already be infected.

Note: When dogs are dewormed with traditional dewormers, this affects only worms in the intestinal tract. It does not affect encysted larvae. It is very difficult to prevent mother to puppy transmission and routine deworming is not adequate. It is possible to prevent infection in unborn puppies by using a specific daily protocol of fenbendazole (your veterinarian can provide details) or with the new generation product AdvantageMulti® (containing moxidectin).

STEP FOUR: Once back in the intestine, the larvae complete their maturation and begin to mate. The first eggs are laid about one week after the fourth stage larvae have arrived in the intestine and about 4-5 weeks after infection has first occurred. From here the cycle repeats.

***Last Updated 2009-03-05 19:25 by vikie ***

Cliff Cliff
News comment 1 | User comment 176 | 20:18 - 5th, Mar 2009

Too bad Alex is not here I think i might pass out. Holy crap, I had know idea thats how those things lived and spread. Cool in a disgusting kind of way, thank god they have de-worming pills, I wonder how they took care of that way back when.

Alex Alex
News comment 2 | User comment 4968 | 20:23 - 5th, Mar 2009

they didn't. lol.

vikie vikie
News comment 3 | User comment 384 | 20:45 - 5th, Mar 2009

So here is the fascinating part of the story - How does de-worming pills work...


There are two important concepts to keep in mind about deworming. Medications essentially anesthetize the worm so that it let?s go of its grip on the host intestine and passes with the stool. Once it has been passed, it cannot survive in the environment and dies.

This means that you will likely see the worms when they pass so be prepared as they can be quite long and may still be alive and moving when you see them.

**** See this is the part the Vet forgot to tell me...

vikie vikie
News comment 4 | User comment 384 | 20:46 - 5th, Mar 2009

The other concept stems from the fact that all the larvae in migration cannot be killed by any of these products. After the worms are cleared from the intestine, they will be replaced by new worms completing their migration. This means that a second, and sometimes even a third deworming is needed to keep the intestine clear. The follow-up deworming is generally given several weeks following the first deworming to allow for migrating worms to arrive in the intestine where they are vulnerable.

Do not forget your follow-up deworming.

vikie vikie
News comment 5 | User comment 384 | 20:57 - 5th, Mar 2009

Hehe I am debating taking these de-worming pills for myself now. Wonder what would come out. Hehe especially after feeling not to well for that last couples of days ;) Talk about paranoia..

Cliff Cliff
News comment 6 | User comment 176 | 21:30 - 5th, Mar 2009

Yeah, although that might be something else you have, because apparently they usually leave us alone and go after dogs only. Although we can get tapeworms, but that is something different.

Alex Alex
News comment 7 | User comment 4968 | 12:16 - 6th, Mar 2009

mmm, tapeworms
brings back stories i heard about POW camps during WWII

Deb Deb
News comment 8 | User comment 352 | 21:49 - 6th, Mar 2009

can we get round worm? Seriously.. I'm curious!

Deb Deb
News comment 9 | User comment 352 | 21:49 - 6th, Mar 2009

how are you doing vikie.. passed out yet?

vikie vikie
News comment 10 | User comment 384 | 21:57 - 6th, Mar 2009

yes human can get these worms too. Actually it is more frequent in toddler and kids because they have a tendancy of putting everything that had be in contact with the pet in their mouth. Especially feeces. Also possible if they dont wash their hands.Apparently commons in daycare and elementary school.

However, the most common worm in Human, I heard, what they call pinworm:

"Why should you be thinking about getting rid of pinworms? Because a pinworm infection is quite possibly the most disgusting thing you've ever heard of. Okay, so your child goes to school and somehow breathes in pinworm egg. Don't scoff, because pinworms are the most common worm infection in the United States. Then, anywhere from two to six weeks, those pinworms will mature and crawl out of your child's butt and lay eggs near their anus. It gets better. The pinworm eggs cause your child's butt to itch, so they scratch at it, and the pinworm eggs get everywhere: under your kid's nails, on your kid's clothes, on the bedding, and even in the dust that hangs around your home. Once this happens, your entire family and your kid's friends and classmates are almost guaranteed to get the same infection."

vikie vikie
News comment 11 | User comment 384 | 21:59 - 6th, Mar 2009


vikie vikie
News comment 12 | User comment 384 | 22:00 - 6th, Mar 2009

***pinworms coming out of a rectum ***

Hold on there is more...

vikie vikie
News comment 13 | User comment 384 | 22:03 - 6th, Mar 2009

"People blame pinworms for such childhood problems as teeth grinding, bed wetting, stomach aches, weight loss, poor appetite, and even appendicitis, but there is no proof that pinworm is responsible for these conditions. "

"To check your child for pinworms, you will look for a 1/4" white threadlike worm that moves.

The best time to see these pinworms is in the middle of the night when they are most active. If the child wakes up with an itchy anal area, turn them over on the stomach. Tuck their knees under the chest a little, spread the buttocks so you can clearly see the anal area. Shine a bright flashlight on this area - if you see little white threadlike worms, the child has pinworms. "

vikie vikie
News comment 14 | User comment 384 | 22:07 - 6th, Mar 2009

"Complications are much more common in women than in men. This stems from the fact that the female worm, after depositing her eggs, loses her way while trying to return to the colon. She enters the vagina instead, traveling up the uterus and fallopian tubes."

Anyways, still pretty gross..

Deb Deb
News comment 15 | User comment 352 | 23:12 - 6th, Mar 2009

oh... i'm so thoroughly grossed out!!!!!

Cliff Cliff
News comment 16 | User comment 176 | 16:02 - 7th, Mar 2009

Same here, I could have done without that picture.

Deb Deb
News comment 17 | User comment 352 | 12:26 - 8th, Mar 2009

yeah.. me too!!!!

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