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I am so ripping mad! I took Angel to the vet yesterday and today I noticed something in her poop. Looked like speghetti. I watched it and although it did not appear to be moving I had to assume it was worms. I know she has not eaten anything like that because I am watching her like a hawk! Needless to say I brought one to a vet in my neighborhood (not mine) and yes they confirm it to be round worm. She is going back in to vet tomorrow (NEW ONE...since they were so kind and I am so mad at the one I went to)
Now my question is..... is round worm contagious> can my lab get it from her? if so how.... what about my cats (we have 3) I thinkt he new vet will love us.... 5 pets??
Anyway.... I feel so bad for her
..... but tomorrow they will getr her on her way to recovery!
 

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I'm not sure about dogs, but when my cat barfed a round worm they advised me to treat everyone, which was just two cats. I think it was just two applications of meds (pill for the adult cat and syringe for the kitten) and it cost me less than $5. Haven't seen a worm or intestinal parasite in any form since. Yes I believe it is contagious, I think the eggs are in poop, so it would be contagious for cats at least since they share cat boxes.

Besides barfing up one worm, my cat did not seem sick at all. I think roundworm is very straight forward and easy to treat.

Are you angry at the vet b/c of the worm?
 

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Yes, roundworm is contagious. I'm assuming the vet wormed her, but you should worm the other dogs just to be safe. Also, clean up the stool immediately and disinfect the area. The worms can contaminate the soil and reinfect the dogs. I know, I just went thru this myself. The round worms are absolutley disgusting. Once they are wormed, you'll see a lot more of them then they will be gone! It won't take long, I promise!! I don't know about the cat, I'd just call the vet and ask.

Good luck!
 

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I have been going to the same vet for 20 years. We have seen about 4 vets since the begining. The Vet himself was always great to my pets and seemed to know and care for them. The most recent we have beend seeing just left this practice. He went to an Emergency vet clinic not very close by but promised to make house calls. I have called him and emailed him several times and he never responded. So I went back to the vet where he had worked. Its a busy place and no one seems to know us....
They gave me a "new vet" just out of school that seems not very sure of herself, and not very thorough. Since I have 5 pets, I would like to be greeted as though they know me.... and not simply as a bother who just walked through the door. So I guess I am just in the market for a new more personable vet... and this incident was enough to get me over the hump.
 

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To add to what was written above - roundworms can be transmitted to humans as well. Transmission is typically through getting contaminated soil on your hands and then putting your fingers in your mouth (yup, gross). If you have children be certain that you pick up carefully after your dog and make certain everyone washes their hands well.
 
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