Sunday, October 25, 2009

Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Dogs (and cats) are often the victims of some common intestinal parasites known as worms. There are many different types of intestinal worms, but dogs are most affected by tapeworms, round worms, hook worms and whip worms. These parasites live in the gastrointestinal tract (usually the intestines), where they feed on nutrients, depriving the dog of the nutrition it takes in. contamination of worms can cause a range of negative symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and general poor appearance.

How dogs Worms?

There are a number of ways a dog can end up with an infection of one of these forms of intestinal parasites. An animal infected with one of these types of worms can spend the eggs of worms in his stool. There is a strong argument for removal after your pet as often as possible, and let your dog eat feces (something dogs do) as you can. Tapeworm eggs can be transmitted by fleas. Fleas eat the eggs (quite a delicacy of a chip) and go to a dog when he bites. Some nematodes are dormant in the body of a pregnant dog and started just before she gives birth. The activated their way into the intestines of the pups are born, where they thrive after the pups are born.

Detection of Worms in Dogs

Worm infections can be difficult to detect. Although some lines can be passed in the feces, betraying their presence is rare. If a dog is displaying symptoms that May indicate the presence of worms, a vet should be consulted. A stool sample will be tested for the presence of worm eggs determined (these are microscopic) and a deworming medication called "prescribed. Stool samples are often collected as part of a dog a routine physical exam to check for worms. In the case of tapeworms, the tapeworm segments may be visible in the feces of the dog or the fur around the anus or under the tail. The naked eye can look like small pieces of white rice.

Treating dogs for Worms

When a dog is found to have an infection of worms, is writing a dewormer immediately by a veterinarian. Depending on the severity of the infection, the type of verse, and the risk of reinfection, the treatment should be repeated one or more times. There are over-the-counter dewormers are available, but most veterinarians recommend not because they necessarily weaker and may not kill all types of worms and their eggs.

Intestinal worms can cause many health problems for dogs, to death in extreme cases. Take measures to prevent infection, detect as soon as possible, and accordingly to treat your dog can help to protect against these pests.


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