From my vet!
Do all puppies have worms?
Intestinal parasites are common in puppies. Puppies can become infected with parasites before they are born or later through their mother’s milk. Deworming will be done at the first visit and then repeated in two weeks. It is important that it be repeated because the deworming medication only kills the adult worms. Within a few weeks, the larval stages will have become adults and will need to be treated. When your puppy is a little bit older, we will recommend checking a stool sample to be sure that the deworming was effective.
Tapeworms are another common intestinal parasite of dogs. Puppies become infected with them when they swallow fleas; the eggs of the tapeworm live inside the flea. When the dog chews or licks its skin as a flea bites, the flea may be swallowed. Dogs infected with tapeworms will pass small segments of the worms in their stool. The segments are white in color and look like grains of rice. It is very important to keep your pet on year-round flea control.
Senior - New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis - 6/2008 Tried, Colozal, steroid enemas, etc. - started working but severe side effects occurred. No mesalamines!!
Started on prednisone Feb.7, 2009 - tapering to 20 mg. - upped prenisone to 25mg. on my own (bleeding returned) - 6MP - 50 mg. 2/28/2009
75mg. 6 MP added on 4/8/2009 - waiting for CBC and Prometheus tests
Probiotic Align, Prilosec for GERD, Gas-X, vitamins, Calcium/D
Tylenol for knees and arthritis.