Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Hobbes Has Worms - Photos

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS SOME GRAPHIC/DESCRIPTIVE LANGUAGE AND PHOTOS (EMBEDDED AND LINKED) THAT SOME MAY FIND OFFENSIVE.
IF YOU HAVE A WEAK STOMACH OR ARE OFFENDED BY IMAGES OF FECES
AND/OR INTESTINAL WORMS, PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS POST.

This is Hobbes, our new Golden Retriever puppy. He six weeks old and has worms.
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.

I never realized that the worms could be this BIG.

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 normally ingested.

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:


In the interest of full disclosure, if you have a strong stomach and hate your eyes want to get an idea of scale and detail, click here for another picture showing my 9-inch (wrist to middle finger) hand beside the worm. I blurred the poo, but it's still there... Here is a much more graphic picture of a worm that he passed later, which I (thankfully!) did not have to manually extract.

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'...

2 comments:

Susan said...

GASP! Worms are appallingly disGUSTing, as you already stated! But high five to Hobbes for learning so many new things so quickly!! The bell ringing is AMAZING and adorable!

Jill Thomas said...

Yes most puppies have worms at first, ours did. And, I was equally revolted as you were. We also trained our Weimaraner puppy to use the bell at the door to go out. We were so proud of her, until later when she would ring it constantly just to go out and play and run around. We had to lose the bell then. Now she just scratches at the door when she actually needs to go out.

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