Dog Worms: Can an Online Vet Help?

What should you do if you see a worm in your dog’s stool? Have you thought about calling your trusted online vet? The veterinarians at TelePAWS are able to answer your questions and help you deal with this issue.

A Word About Worms

There are many types of worms, also called intestinal parasites, which can infect dogs. Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms and Whipworms are the most common ones seen. These parasites are picked up when dogs eat a dead animal or feces of an infected animal.

They can also get infected by licking their paws after walking through an area of grass where an infected animal has defecated. Puppies commonly have worms and need to be treated several times as they are growing to rid them of these pests.

Symptoms of Dog Worms and How Online Vets Can Help

Symptoms of these parasites include loose stools or diarrhea, vomiting, bloating of the abdomen, and weight loss. Tapeworms are typically found in the stool of dogs that have no other symptoms. These worms look like grains of rice and can be easily detected.

If you are concerned about how your dog is feeling and think they may have worms, set up an appointment with an online vet. The online veterinarians can help determine if your pet needs treatment and can suggest medications appropriate for your situation.

NOTE: Many states do not allow online prescriptions.

What You Can Do To Help Your Dog

When your pet is diagnosed with worms, be sure to pick up feces quickly. Leaving it to sit in the grass will cause reinfection in your pet. Some of the same parasites that infect our pets can be passed on to people, so be sure to wash your hands after picking up feces and after petting your pets. Children are especially susceptible to getting the same parasites that our dogs carry.

Most intestinal parasites are prevented by keeping your pet on regular heartworm preventatives year-round. For pets that tend to eat dead animals, they should be regularly dewormed additionally. To prevent tapeworms, your pet should be maintained on a high-quality flea preventative, as dogs typically get these worms from eating fleas.

An Online Vet Will Be Able To Help Your Dog With Worms

Instead of stressing your pet further by taking them to the veterinary clinic, our online vets are available to assist you with their worm issue. Your dog can receive treatments for their worms without the hassle or long wait to see your regular veterinarian.

Rely on the veterinarians at TelePAWS if you suspect your pet may have worms. We will be happy to answer your questions and suggest appropriate treatments if needed. We are here to help any day of the week and any time of the day.

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You can get a consult with a veterinarian at TelePAWS today for just $50. Contact us soon!

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Urination in the House: Not Always a Training Issue

Is your adult dog or cat urinating inappropriately in your house?  This can be a sign of a medical problem rather than a loss of house-training.  Before you call a trainer, the best course of action is to make an appointment with your TelePAWS veterinarian.

Inappropriate urination can be caused by many different things.  Most commonly, dogs and cats get urinary tract infections caused by bacterial contamination of the urinary tract.  Some older pets can have kidney disease leading to an increase in thirst which results in excessive urination, sometimes in the house.  Other causes include Cushing’s disease, diabetes, bladder stones, prostate problems, crystals in the urine, kidney infections, urinary incontinence, and bladder cancer.  

The treatment of urination in the house varies depending upon what is the cause.  Many pets are put on antibiotics to clear an infection, some are treated through a diet change, and others need to pursue surgery to remove stones.  No matter what the cause, our veterinarians are able to direct you towards the appropriate steps in relieving the symptoms.

Urinating inappropriately is frustrating for pet owners.  The veterinarians at TelePAWS are here to help you with this problem.  Whether your pet is urinating secondary to an infection, bladder stones, or behavioral issues, we will be able to determine the best tests and treatments going forward to get your pet back to normal.

For more information on this topic:  http://www.akcchf.org/canine-health/your-dogs-health/caring-for-your-dog/urinary-accidents.html

 

Itchy Ears

 

Is your pet keeping you up at night scratching at its ears?  Reach out to TelePAWS, the most reliable online veterinary service, for help.

Ear scratching and head shaking are signs of an ear infection.  Ear infections can occur in any breed of dog or cat and at any age.  The underlying cause is usually an environmental or food allergy which leads to an overgrowth of the normal yeast and bacteria of the ear canals.  Occasionally infections are seen in dogs that get water in their ears after swimming or bathing.  Many pet owners are worried about ear mites.  Mites are actually quite rare and generally only seen in younger animals that have been outdoors for long periods of time.

Prevention of ear infections involves the treatment of underlying allergies or avoidance of swimming or other activities when the ears can get wet.  Allergies can be treated in several different ways.  A veterinarian will need to assess your pet first to decide which treatment is ideal for your pet’s situation.  In general, most cats and dogs are prescribed a medicated ear drop that you will purchase through an online pharmacy. Due to new laws and regulations, our TelePAWS vets can only suggest medications, but they can also offer advice on alternative care methods.  Long-term treatment of underlying allergies can include a diet change to a prescription veterinary-only diet or a medication that will stop the pathway that the body goes through when it is responding to an allergen in the environment.

If you are noticing redness of the ear canals, discomfort, odor, or discharge from the ears, an appointment with a TelePAWS veterinarian should be scheduled.  We will help differentiate between environmental and food allergies in order to give the best treatment to give your pet relief, and allow everyone to get rest at night!  With 24/7 access to our veterinarians, there’s no reason to go without sleep.

For more information see: http://vetmed.tamu.edu/news/pet-talk/ear-infections-in-dogs/