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    Shorter because of worms?

    I just came back from the vet and my 9,5 month rottweiler have whipworms. It is fustrating because I brought him when he was 5 months because he had chronic loose stools.At that time, I brought a stool sample and the vet said there was no need to examine the stool sample because my dog was previously dewormed. And surprise, yesterday at the same vet but different doctor, he did examined the sool sample and results are whipworms. So my dog probably had whipworms for several months.
    The thing that I don't understand is the vet saying that my dog is probably shorter on his legs because of that and will be a shorter adult. He is 24 inches tall and weighting 92 pounds (really stocky, not fat). If worms would really had an effect on his growth, wouldn't he supposed to be skinny as well? He does not look like a dog that worms have stolen all his nutrients, I can't picture worms only having an effect on his height because he is massive, strong bones and having a huge head for his age.

    His sire was 26-27 inches tall, dam was 24-25 inches, and if I look at the website working-dogs and look at the lines he is from, there is maybye 1-2 males at 25 inches minimum (no males at 24 inches), and 95 percent are 26-27 inches. I don't know, maybye there is quite a few at 24-25 inches but they just don't register them ( showing, sch etc)because they are too short?
    Here is some pics of him at 8,5 monthsShorter because of worms?-28279763_10160257247800085_1829803026356668592_n.jpgShorter because of worms?-28379445_10160257247670085_794023701733560448_n.jpgClick image for larger version

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    While whip worms can have an affect on growth (if severe enough) I cannot see how they would have an affect on height alone... It is more than likely he will just be a short boy due to genetics...

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    He may still grow in height. Whip worms are nasty, and hard to get rid of. Did the vet talk to you about not re-infecting him with the worms again? They can be in the ground and the dirt. What heartworm preventative is he on? Some of them cover whip worms.
    I'm sure the worms have not done damage to his height....it could be genetics and he taking after a grandsire or granddame.
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    He is on revolution. I will have to find one that covers whipworms. The vet gave me a dewormer right now for the whipworms.

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    Hi, he still does have some growing to do. My female didn't stop getting taller until she was about 16 months. Still, 24" is a normal size for a Rottweiler. He is a really good looking dog. I love the picture of him on the sofa with the remote control.

    Best of luck with getting rid of the worms. Now that you know that the culprit is, you should be able to get a handle on it.

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    Thanks for the kind words Andrea! Yes he loves that soffa! Do you know how much height your female grow from 9-10 months to 16 months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slashe View Post
    He is on revolution. I will have to find one that covers whipworms. The vet gave me a dewormer right now for the whipworms.
    The dewormer may get rid of the whipworms now....the problem is it's very hard to get rid of the eggs in the soil. Dogs are often re-infected, and it takes some work to get rid of whipworms.
    You may want to do some reading :https://www.hunker.com/13406898/how-...pworms-in-soil

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    Thanks a lot for the info! It is really discouraging those worms!

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    I can only judge how much taller she got by comparing her to her father, who we also owned. He was 26" and she was shorter than him at 9 months by an inch or 2. By 16 months she was taller than him by 7" so I guess she grew at a rate of around one to 1-1/2" per month. Hope that helps. My vet records only show weights. I have to use memory and pictures of the dogs together to guesstimate heights at different ages.

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    a good food will catch up he is still growing . he will be 25 inch for sure . best working rott usually are 24 25 inch . no need to worry

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