When Fido has whipworms he could have acute, chronic or intermittent diarrhea. The stool may be mucoid (muscus like) and bloody and he will probably have trouble an strain when trying to defecate. If the infestation is heavy he will lose weight, develop anemia brood the blood loss and fail to thrive. You will be able to tell if your friend is having troubles using the restroom.
To prevent whipworms, the heartworm drug Interceptor is effective. Also, eggs remain infective for up to five years. This means that reinfestation is very common. Therefore keeping the yard clean and sanitary will definitely help your whipworm problem. When in public also be sure to obey all pooper-scooper rules. If you have a dog run that is made of dirt and your dog is infested with whipworms you may want to relocated the run or change it to gravel or paved with concrete. It is a pain to have to go through all of that work but having a healthy pup will be worth it!
In treating whipworms you can use one of the following: Drontal Plus, Panacur, Telmintic, and Vercom Paste. Take a visit to your vet to determine which treatment will be most effective on your dog because it is difficult to attain high drug concentrations in the colon, where whipworms live.
Let’s go over some other worm parasites and diseases you may come across when keeping Fido healthy
Humans can be infected by pinworms but contrary to popular belief they cannot be infected by dogs or cats. It is a concern in some families but your pets cannot acquire or spread these parasite.
This disease comes from eating uncooked pork. Pork at this stage will contain the encysted Trichina spiralis larvae. The reported cases in humans each year always reveals a low number. But in dogs in is somewhat higher. Make sure you cook all meat for Fido and don’t allow him to go roaming in rural areas alone.
These parasites are about a centimeter long and very slender and hair like. There are multiple species that affect dogs. Capillaria aerophila is one. They can be acquired by ingesting their eggs in the soil or a host animal such as a snail, slug, or rodent. Lungworms live in the nasal cavity and upper air passages. Imagine worms living in your nose. EW. EW. EW. My nose started to itch just typing that sentence. They cause a mild cough, as would be expected. Another species, filaroides produce a bronchial and tracheal infection that is usually a kennel related problem.
Most lungworm infection in dogs are mild and the dog won’t show clinical signs.
If heavily infested and under two years old the dog may have weight loss, exercise intolerance and a persistent dry cough.
Diagnosis will be based on clinical signs, a chest x-ray or stool and/or respiratory secretion examinations for eggs. Treatment will include extended periods on time on the Panacur treatment. Always check in with the vet for advice.
Worms of any kind are no fun for the dog or the owner. They can be painful and hard to completely destroy. Be sure to use preventative actions to keep them away. Keeping the house and yard sanitary will be your best bet with prevention. If the occasion occurs where you find yourself in a bind with worms, help from your vet, an extra attention to detail, and a little patience you should be able to get your house, you, and your dog worm free in a matter of time.[hr style=”4″] Common Health Problems