Oh oh, on the second week with my family my poo got all soft and mushy. Dad came in after I did my business and asked mom what she thought. This was the day after the string cheese so they thought the little white bits were from that. However, the next day dad saw live, wiggling things! So mom took a sample into the vet. It was tapeworms. They cleaned my backside and washed my bedding. Mom vacuumed the whole house to get rid of the segments which looked like little grains of rice. The vet gave me some medicine and after two days all the worms had passed. Some were over six inches long! The vet told mom it just happens sometimes and I had had them for a while. They said my coat would improve and I might gain more weight. Sure enough, I gained four pounds in less than a week. At my six month visit I weighed in at 44 pounds!
 
My people took me to the vet. The first visit is paid for by the humane society fee. I had some paperwork that showed how I was neutered and had a rabies vaccination. The vet lady talked to my people about all sorts of things - heartworm, lymes disease, Frontline flea protection, brushing teeth, food, vaccination schedules, and  toenail trimming. Mom felt kinda overwhelmed but the vet said they would call with all the dates and help her learn what to do. 

Because I came from Oklahoma they needed to do a heartworm test.  The humane society gave me a heartworm pill but if I had heartworms before I got there in April, I might have to have a big operation.  Fortunately, the test was negative and all is well. So from now on, once a month I get Frontline flea protection, one heartworm pill and follow the basic puppy vaccination schedule. They like me at the vet and told me I was a very fine gentleman.