(9 Posts)
YourHandInMyHand Tue 30-Jul-19 15:04:21

I've just pulled a worm out of my dogs fur/skin. :-O I'm out at the moment walking her to go pick up DS but when I get in I'll have a closer look. I bagged it up. Barf!!!

I thought she had a bit of food or something near her ear but when I went to pick it up it didn't come right away and I realised it was something poking out of her! If I remember right it was about two inches long, kind of flat, and had lines/ridges across it.

Do I need to take her to the vet? Or will regular drontal worming stuff do the trick?

I have a pretty strong stomach but this has really grossed me out that it was coming out of her fur!

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Floralnomad Tue 30-Jul-19 15:09:20

If it’s actually come out of her skin through a hole then yes you need a vet , are you sure it’s not just something she’s rolled in ?

YourHandInMyHand Tue 30-Jul-19 15:13:09

I am pretty sure I actually pulled it out of her. :-O She's a very short haired dog and I had to give a fair bit of a tug and felt resistance. Urgh. I'm really grossed out by it! If it was in her poop I'd probably not be so thrown by it.

When I get home I'll inspect her on the area I found it and take a close look at her skin.

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YourHandInMyHand Tue 30-Jul-19 16:10:58

Why won't this photo load?! Last try...

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Booboostwo Tue 30-Jul-19 16:36:13

Google image search says it's an earthworm in which case it did not come from under your dog's skin. Aside from maggots (and this doesn't look like one), I don't think there are a lot worms that live under the skin, but maybe call you vet for advice?

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 30-Jul-19 16:43:55

Looks like a leech to me.

longearedbat Tue 30-Jul-19 18:54:58

I wonder if it is just an earthworm stuck to the fir. A lot of dogs (mine included ) like rolling on worms and worm casts for some reason.


mrsjoyfulprizeforraffiawork Tue 30-Jul-19 19:04:59

It probably is a leech, especially as you had to pull it quite hard to detach it.

BoreOfWhabylon Tue 30-Jul-19 19:25:07

I think it's @Lweji who is the MN worm expert.

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