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white looking maggot in dog poop
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bowievols03 posted:
after picking up my dogs poop after its hardened. i noticed white looking maggot INSIDE the stool. this is only after it has sat there for a couple of hours, fresh poop there is nothing INSIDE. could this be a tapeworm, also i read that it could be hazardous around children. will the worms go underground or something. should i treat my yard.
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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Bowie...what you saw may have been a maggot. With summer temperatures, flies will lay their eggs on stool and over time they emerge as fat, small, mobile, cream colored critters. You mentioned that you found them on the inside of the stool...this is a bit unusual. I would recommend that you take a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian for analysis. There are several internal parasites that are transmissible to people. The best way to safeguard your family is to pick up the stool daily...keep your pet on a monthly internal parasite preventive and have at least once yearly wellness examinations....and oh yes, follow mom's advice...wash your hands after playing with the pets, especially before eating.
Hope this helps to put your mind at ease...
Dr. Bernadine


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