Worms in dogs

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There are several different types of worms in dogs.  The types of worms are Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Whipworms, Flukes, Threadworms and Stomachworms.  A dog with worms can have serious health problems.  A dog with a healthy immune system is less likely to contact dog worms.

Roundworms in dogs are known as Ascarids.  They are common in dogs and puppies. They look like spaghetti.  They are extremely hardy and can live in the soil for months or years.  The puppy can acquire them from their mother during nursing or fetal development.  Roundworms can be fatal in puppies of all ages.  Puppies should be dewormed regularly during the first three months of life.  To reduce transmission to the puppies, the mother dog should be wormed at least twice, before breeding her.  Symptoms of roundworm infection are a pot-bellied appearance, vomiting, diarrhea, a dull coat, and very poor growth.  Your Vet can diagnose roundworms with a fecal examination.  A Piperazine canine worm medicine is the safest drug to use for puppies.

Hookworms in dogs are a worm that attaches itself to the stomach.  It causes diarrhea, poor growth in puppies, anemia and pneumonia.  The litter should be wormed at least twice during the first three months of life.  Puppies with severe anemia may need blood transfusions or iron.  They need a premium puppy food that is high in protein, until their hemoglobin levels return to normal.  Hookworms are small worms about 1/4 to 1/2 inches long.  They are parasites that fasten to the small intestine and draw blood.  Dogs with canine worms suffer malnutrition problems. Telmintic or Canopar agents are effective against hookworms.  Dogs with canine worms suffer malnutrition problems.

Tapeworms in dogs are a worm with segments that live in the intestines of dogs.  Dogs acquire Tapeworms from ingesting fleas or by catching wild prey.  Tapes are less than an inch long to several feet long.  They look like large grains of rice that flatten themselves out.  They can cause diarrhea, lack of appetite, and poor digestion.  Treatment involves getting rid of the fleas and limiting access to wild prey.  You can use Telmintic or Canopar to get rid of them.

Whipworms live in the large intestine and latch onto the intestional wall.  The adult whipworms are 2-3 inches long.  They are threadlike and thicker on one end.  They call them Whipworms because they look like a Whip.  Eggs are passed in the dog’s stool where they are spread to other dogs and animals.  Whipworms are common in kennels and can cause weight loss and diarrhea.  In severe cases, you may see blood in the stool.    Telmintic or Panacur is the treatment used to get rid of them.

Flukes are acquired by eating raw or improperly prepared fish or salmon.  Snails and frogs can spread flukes.  They can cause inflammation of the intestines, skin disorders and bleeding in the lungs.  They are more common in Southwestern United States and Canada.

Threadworms can be serious when a dog has a weakened immune system.  The dog can swallow the larvae or it can penetrate the skin.  They can cause bloody diarrhea and are common in hot, humid regions of the country.  They can be spread to humans so be careful.  Panacur and Telmintic is the treatment used to get rid of this dog worm.

Stomach worms are contracted from the dog eating beetles, cockroaches, crickets or frogs.  They cause vomiting, loss of appetite and dark stools.


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