|He likes the off-the-shoulder look.|
The night before (Friday) on one of the evening walks I noticed white moving things in Barry's poop (ewww- sorry). I pointed it out to Husband and we realized that he had worms. I had never seen first hand worms in dog poop or ever 'googled' such a thing but it was blatantly obvious what it was. So much for the idea of passing a fecal test! That same evening I sat in bed with my iPhone trying to get pictures of worms and figure out which kind of worm it was. I didn't realize there were different types of worms. I incorrectly diagnosed his parasite as being roundworm at first. It turned out that it was tapeworm. Feel free to google away and look at pics but I'll spare you any of that on this blog.
Okay, back on to Saturday. In the morning upon waking we started to wonder if the hard rice-like things on the comforter on our bed were from Barry and possibly dried up pieces of worm! Disgusting! I googled some more and we found out that it was tapeworm and that it is common for the parasite to break off into small rice sized pieces and then crawl out the 'back end' of the animal leaving behind the hard dried up parasite wherever the animal lies. GROSS!!!!!! Boy, you know I washed that comforter on hot and bleached it! SICK! We noticed the strange hard rice thingies on our comforter Friday as well but it was less important with all the fuss over Barry's escape. At the time I just picked them all off one by one (SICK! I can't believe how gross and ugh! I can't even - GROSS!) and threw them away because I didn't know what they were. Still really gross.
|NOM! Barry has no issues taking medication. If we allow him to eat it he will.|
The experience wasn't bad. Barry was well behaved and basically awesome. The vet said he was very healthy and gave us a dewormer upon my supplied description of what I saw both in his poop and on our bed. She seemed much less disturbed about it than I was. I was also surprised and relieved that she gave us the dewormer right away. We gave him the dewormer later with his dinner as prescribed.
|The white bowl upside down in the middle slows him down so he doesn't inhale all of his|
food in 30 seconds flat. Now it takes him about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to eat.
On Sunday we did more desensitization and counterconditioning and even wound up leaving for about 20 minutes to get a few things from the grocery store. Later I called PetSmart to set up obedience training with Barry. We were able to sign him up for a 6 week course and would go over basic commands and help with some behavior issues.
All in all we felt we were able to overcome many of the issues slowly and eventually with work. The weekend was really nice at home with Barry and we were able to fully appreciate him. Barry is a very loving and affectionate guy. He's whacky and clever and has a distinct personality all his own.
|He loves his daddy.|