|Barked: Sat Aug 23, '08 2:32pm PST |
|Over the counter dewormers are very harsh on a dogs's system! I would NOT reccomend an over the counter wormer!
What you describe sounds like tapeworm segments. (You can google an image to see if it looks right to you.) Like another poster said, you probably wouldn't be able to see hookworms. Their eggs are visable under a microscope during a fecal exam, but that's about it.
Tapeworm happens when your dog ingests an infected flea. A dog cannot catch it from another dog, or even from it's stool. It HAS to be an infected flea that they ingest. So, if the fleas are under control, you shouldn't have to worry about the new dog.
Your vet can get you something (a one time tablet, or injection) to get rid of the buggers. (A Droncit or Cestoved product.) Again, as long as the fleas are under control or he doesn't ingest an infected one again, they should be gone after this one time deal.
It would be a good idea to take one of the segments and put it in a plastic baggy to take to show to your vet. It also wouldn't be a bad idea to take in a stool sample at the same time to be tested to make sure there's nothing else in there. The reason I say bring the segment too is because tapeworm (eggs) are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to see on a fecal flotation because their eggs are more dense and don't float well.
Edited by author Sat Aug 23, '08 2:35pm PST