And Here Comes Fall
There’s no doubt about it—summer is creeping to a close. Yes, the trees are still green, and yes, it’s still warm enough to cannonball into the lake, but there’s no doubt about it—fall is almost here.
Recently, my entire team of canines came down with a bout of tapeworms.
Apparently, one deworming packet won’t do it for my beasts—they need three packets in order to treat the worms effectively.
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As many of you know, I have three dogs and a couple of cats (these are the animals that live in the house with us—I won’t go on to explain what we’ve got going on outside).
There’s a significant expense that goes with owning three dogs that each individually exceed 100 pounds, as you can imagine. There’s also quite a bit of cleaning up to do. If you’re asking yourself why I would take on this extra work, I will point out that all three dogs were already part of our family before we had children, and so it goes. They are quite simple to maintain, as long as I don’t forget about things like flea and tick prevention. Which I did. Last month, I forgot to treat the animals for fleas and ticks, which I do on a monthly basis, as everyone is outside about 90% of the time. And yesterday morning, I found a tapeworm in a pile of dog vomit, which was simply the peak of my morning (our toddler pooped on the floor in the bathroom, so I was already in the zone).
SO. Apparently, one deworming packet won’t do it for my beasts—they need three packets in order to treat the worms effectively, over a span of three days (and then I need to inspect their feces, which is also very exciting). While it is cheaper than hauling them all into the vet’s office, I also have to treat all three, plus the cats (which is a special joy that I am looking forward to—I mean, have you ever tried making a cat do/ingest anything he/she doesn’t want to?) in order to make sure that our entire family doesn’t get worms. What I’m trying to say here is that you should remember to treat your pets for fleas and ticks, regardless of the time of year. Because the repercussions are truly gross.