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Dog Whipworms

Dog Whipworms

Whipworm is one of the less notable parasites and cannot be seen by the dog owner. They also make the dog’s intestine bleed because they bury their long necks into the intestine wall when they feed. Dogs usually get whipworms from eating eggs that other dogs have shed.

Symptoms are the same as colitis: straining, mucous diarrhea with occasional blood, an urge to defecate small volumes frequently, loss of weight and general overall poor condition. Unfortunately, whipworms are the most difficult to eradicate and control.

Treatment for whipworms requires several treatments with fenbendazole or
febantel for 3-5 days and repeated in 3 weeks. Severe cases of whipworms are not common but, can require surgical intervention. Careful removal of feces and bleaching dog runs regularly can prevent whipworms.

In order to destroy whipworms the most commonly medication prescribed is fenbendazole (Panacur). Monthly doses of the common heartworm preventative medication containing milbemycin oxime will help to keep these parasites under control.

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