Types of Dog Parasites and Parasite Treatment for Dogs – It’s very important that dog owners are familiar with the different types of dog parasites, how they affect the health of your dog, and the best way to treat them.
I read an article that discusses 3 common types of dog parasites – whipworms, hookworms, and tapeworms. It offers a description of the parasite, the symptoms, and the treatment.
Whipworms suck blood from the intestinal wall. In severe cases, whipworms can result in diarrhea in the dog, loss of weight, and loss of blood.
Hookworms also suck blood from the intestines. In severe cases, they can cause anemia and even death. A fecal test by a veterinarian is necessary to diagnose this condition. The larvae of the hookworm enter the dog through the skin. It then enters the blood stream and goes to the lungs. The dog then coughs up the larvae and is then swallowed.
Tapeworm enters a dog by the dog eating an infected flea. Hookworms are found in the dog’s intestines. The nutrients in the dog’s food are reduced due to the presence of the hookworms. The tapeworm can grow extremely long.
The article I read is “Treat Parasites to Make Your Pets Healthy and Happy.” It not only discusses the types of dog parasites but also the parasite treatment for dogs.
Here is a quote:
Your beloved pet easily gets the disease with parasites.
So, it is essential for you to treat for parasites and to take steps to prevent a parasite infestation. This article gives you some of the types of parasites that your pet usually gets, how to recognize the problem and how to solve it.
Whipworms are gastrointestinal parasites that affect dogs, with the most common type being the Trichuris vulpis. Whipworm is one of the most common causes of diarrhea in the large bowels of dogs and, unfortunately, the eggs of these parasites are very resistant and can live for up to five years.
Dogs generally become infected by whipworms after they ingest the eggs. Once the eggs reach the dog’s stomach, they hatch and take about three months to become adults. As adults, the parasites burrow into the dog’s small intestine and begin feeding on its tissue and blood. The eggs are periodically passed through the feces, but they do not pass with every bowel movement. Therefore, it may take several fecal examinations before an infestation can be diagnosed.
Getting rid of whipworms can be difficult, so it is bet to treat them with medication and to retreat three weeks later and again three months later to make certain the problem is effectively resolved.
The entire article can be read here.
The quote only deals with whipworms. You need to read the complete article to learn more about hookworms and tapeworms.
Are you aware of the different types of dog parasites? Are you current on the parasite treatment in dogs? I will have to admit that I was not until this article. Have a great day.