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My puppy has worms and got medicine for it. The problem is he isn't eating his food and the medicine goes in his food. We only have 5 packets for 5 days and we've already used 2. His food is all soggy and disgusting. I'm so worried that his worms won't go away, and he could get really sick. What should I do????

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Hi Sami
You didnt say how old your pup is or what All wormer youre using but two things....if pups have a belly full of horrid worms it can make them feel really ill and not want to eat and with such good noses they smell the chemical change in food and wont eat it either.
If pup under 6 mths then should be on 2-3 meals a day still so use its break fast as the tablet meal when its most hungry after no food all night. Try a treat it loves such as peanut butter, cheese, chicken or sliced ham and give it a couple of treats first then slip the tablet in the treat. He she should gobble it down unknowingly.  However if it spits it out then get puppy to sit, place your arm over shoulders around behind its head/neck and position hand under its chin, with other hand pinch tablet tween thumb and first finger and firmly prise/push the back cnr of lower jaw open with those two fingers. When it opens its mouth poke the tab down the back of the throat over tongue,  let go of the chin gently hold by top of nose and under jaw so closed and tilt head back slightly while stroking under neck til u feel it swallow. Hopefully its gone! If its liquid use a plastic syringe with no needle of course, poke end of syringe into corner of mouth like with fingers and tab & squirt in then  hold snout shut in same way rub neck etc. Then finish with a treat and lots of praise and redirect to something fun like game of ball.
If getting full proper dose taken is too difficult call your vet and ask if u can pop in for some help administering.  Most vets only too happy to help as prevention is better than cure. Once tab or liquid had been swallowed then offer its breakfast. Most wormers are fine on empty tummy unless vet says otherwise.  If youre now short 2 days and he she has worms you must make sure you get more and if it's 5 days worth then it must take 5 days worth. I don't know if u have Drontal or Canex in the US but it's a one dose treatment preventative so once puppy is clear you must maintain treatment of every 2 wks til 3 mths, then mthly til 6 mths then from 6 mths on its every 3 mths. Pups can be born with worms and its very taxing on their bodies making them very ill. If you have doubts that puppy is not egg, larvae and adult worm/s free please go to your vet and get professional help.
Do Try the treat cover up as little piggy pups a good treat goes down a treat! Next dose up though buy tabs from your vet over counter as theyll make sure you get the tastiest,  easiest and most appropriate tab for your pup and its current weight health and treatment.
Good luck....

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I am not a veterinarian but I do have some medical understanding and knowledge through years of experience and shelter work, but I am not prepared to give life or death medical advice and suggest if you have medical concerns you seek the advice of a QUALIFIED VET immediately for your family members' safety, health and well being. Agreed? Great! I have worked in an animal shelter,also owned dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds, fish, ferret, mice, oh and green tree frogs! They have all been spoiled rotten and lived to long, long old ages in pure contentment. During their lifespans I've had to manage the puppy stage of nappies and broken sleep, toddler stages, teens, maturity & elderly citizens....they are all very different with very different needs. I've dealt with various health concerns, behavioral issues, training & obedience, safe housing & lifestyle issues, exercise, toys & enrichment, safety, grooming, diet, euthanasia and so forth. I am experienced in the above and more, so would be happy to pass on my knowledge and experience if you have concerns with your "4 legged family member" I will answer your questions as quickly as possible and provide you with the best answer from my knowledge & ability. If its beyond me, I will be honest and not lead you astray, but instead direct you to someone/somewhere that can assist you further. I'm in South Australia and have good Intel on what is available and where! I appreciate that your 'baby' means the world to you,so please........ don't waste precious time online if its a medical issue or emergency of any proportion-contact your NEAREST VET STAT! I look forward to hearing from you & thanks for considering my assistance!

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Young Animal Protection Society (YAPS) North Queensland (volunteer employment for 9 years) - rehab of cats and dogs all breeds, ages and backgrounds - Exercise dogs - Wash and clean kennels, cages and bedding - Prepare feed and special diets, feed all animals - train and work on behavioral issues - Monitor animals and vet needs- take when required - collect strays and follow council procedures and by laws - groom, bathe and provide allergy treatment - administer heartworm, flea, tick and worm preventatives - play and provide enrichment activities - special work with dogs with mild food/toy/dog aggression, fear, anxiety and/or mistreatment to re-establish trust and faith - Assistant Vet Nurse at Beach Road Veterinary Clinic Nth Qld Pet owner of: Pure bred German Shepherds x 2 (both males)fully obedience trained to hand signals Pure bred Australian Silky Terriers x 3 (males) Pure bred Chihuahua (male) White male ferret various goldfish, tropical and Beta's(bred Beta's) Two mice and couple of green tree frogs when younger 4 cats male - 2 male moggies, and CURRENT- 2 females ages 12 & 13, mum & daughter(PART PERSIAN Torty -assisted at birth of 4 babies, broke sacs, got breathing etc.... CURRENT: Pure bred male blue English Staffy at 5 mths Various Strays and "foster" kids over the years

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Animal Welfare League WSPA Port Adelaide Dog Obedience Club

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non medical Cert III & IV in animal care

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