I have been a dog owner for about 5 months, and have never owned a dog before Chloe. About 5 days ago I found white, spaghetti worms slithering around in her poo. She has been having runny poo for about a week, and they just now started to show in it. She matched all the symptoms of a typical round worm problem including lack of apatite, runny poo, lack of energy, weight loss, and finally, the white, spaghetti-like nasties crawling around in her runny poo.
I purchased Petco-brand round worm killer and started her on it about 3 days ago. She has recovered her energy, and most of her appatite. She also has much more firm poo, but that may be because I have put her on a solid food-only diet to try and firm things up.
Here is the thing I am worried about - there are still live worms crawling around in her poo. She has recovered from most all of her symptoms, but it still concerns me that I am still seeing live worms. Should these things be dead three days after the 1st dose of medicine? In 6 days she will get another dose of the stuff as per the directions, and maybe that will kill the little trouble makers.
I feel so bad for her. She has been exiled from the house and into the back yard all day on the tether, and at night she is put into the garage. We have children and I don't want them to get the worms, so that is why I am segregating her from the family. She isn't getting the attention she needs because, again, I don't want my children getting the eggs on them when they play with her or go near her area.
Thank you for your input.