Feel bad for him.
So, all pups get worms apparently, but the Hob-Goblin has come down with a rather serious case lately. It's finally beginning to resolve, but he lost a fair amount of weight (and stopped eating for a couple days) before the vet-prescribed meds really kicked in.
The medicine acts by forcing the worms (roundworms, in this case) to detach from the lining of the intestines, wherever they might be hanging on. Normal peristalsis then works the worms through the intestines and out the anus, just as with any other food/bark/grass/string/carpet/insect
Unfortunately, the worms keep making their greasy coating that protects them from ingestion, so they're still alive when they come out the other end. DisGUSTing. The best thing about the whole situation (aside from the fact that he's finally passing the worms out of his system) is that we've trained him to ring a bell by the door so he can tell us when he needs to go outside. He has been very consistent in doing this, and has not had an accident inside in about a week now. Here's a video of him doing his thang:
So he rang the bell as shown above, I brought him outside, and he seemed a little extra squirmy before doing his thing. Here's where it gets gross... After he finished, I noticed something about an inch and a half long protruding from his little puppy anus. When I looked closely, I realized it was the end of a WORM! Like, straight out of the textbook images of intestinal parasites from this past year, I was seeing the end of a roundworm sticking out of poor little Hobbes. He was sort of waddling around, trying to scrape his butt on the ground, but it looked like the worm was slowly working its way back inside. I quickly grabbed a plastic bag, gently pinned him to the ground, and slowly drew out the worm. Here's the result, cropped so as to remove as much nasty as possible:
Aside from this, everything has been going great with him. He's a happy pup and has already learned to sit, make eye contact (sometimes), come when called & respond to his name, go up and down stairs, and ring the bell to go outside. I'm still working part-time for the Anatomy department at MSU CHM, and Wife is owning her research. We've been camping multiple times, and have more planned. Yesterday I started an interesting volunteership at a local clinic, and that's going swimmingly as well, but more will have to come later. I'm tired, and need some shut-eye. Hope everyone's summer is going as well as mine, and maybe slightly better than Hobbes'...