Heartworm, Tapeworm, Hookworm, Roundworm, and Whipworm
parasites (worms) can be as tiny as a speck, or as long as spaghetti,
but they all have one thing in common: they love to hang out inside
like heartworms and hookworms can be fatal and a few can even spread
to humans. However, many infestations can be prevented and most
can be eradicated if detected and treated early.
are five kinds of internal parasites or worms which are important
Tapeworms which are a problem in dogs of most ages
Hookworms which will affect dogs of all ages
Roundworms which are mainly a problem in young dogs
Whipworms which are mainly a problem in older dogs
and hookworms are found a lot in puppies and sometimes in adult
dogs. Whipworms, tapeworms, and heartworms are seen more in older
worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms:
– General poor appearance
– Vomiting and dry heaving (perhaps with worms in the vomit)
– Diarrhea (perhaps with blood), malodorous stool
– Bloating or distended abdomen
– Poor appetite and weight loss
– Worms in the feces
– Scooting or biting near anal area
some infestations cause few or no symptoms at all. Some worm eggs
or larvae can be dormant in the dog’s body and activated only in
times of stress, or in the case of roundworms and hookworms, until
the later stages of pregnancy when they activate and infest the
soon-to-be-born puppies and kittens. Therefore, routine screening
is very important.
veterinarian can tell you if your dog has intestinal worms by checking
a fecal sample or a blood sample to see if it has any heartworms.
Most veterinarians recommend checking once a year to make sure your
dog is free of worms, and if he does, medication is given to get
rid of them. Early diagnosis for the presence and type of intestinal
parasite is very important. The stool (only about a teaspoonful
is needed) is mixed with a special solution to make the microscopic
eggs more visible.
upon which kind of worm is present a certain type of wormer may
have to be used. Not all worms respond to the same treatment and
no single wormer works against all kinds of parasites. Your veterinarian
will recommend the best treatment for your dog.
Worms Conclusion – the bottom line
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