Fighting intestinal parasites in dogs

Dogs (and cats) often fall victim to various intestinal parasites known as worms. There are several different types of intestinal worms, but dogs are most affected by tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. These parasites live in the digestive tract (usually the intestines) where they feed on nutrients, robbing the dog the nutrition it enters your body. Worm infestation can cause a variety of undesirable symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and overall appearance decreased.

How a dog gets worms?
There are several ways in which a dog may end up with an infestation of this type of intestinal parasites. An animal infested with any of these worms can pass eggs in their droppings. This is a good reason why you should raise your pet’s waste whenever possible and not allow your dog to eat feces (which some dogs do) whenever possible. Tapeworm eggs can be spread by fleas. Fleas eat the eggs (which he loves the flea) and then pass it to the dog when they bite. Some roundworms will lie dormant in the body of a pregnant bitch and activated just before giving birth. Worms assets go to the intestines of puppies who are not born to feed on them after they are born.

Detecting parasites in dogs.
The infestation of worms can be quite difficult to detect. While some worms can be passed in the stool, it is hard not to notice him. If a dog is showing symptoms that may indicate the presence of worms, you should consult a veterinarian. A stool sample can be examined for the presence of worm eggs (which are microscopic) and medication can be prescribed. Faeces samples are usually collected as part of a routine physical examination to check the presence of parasites. In the case of roundworms, may see pieces of dead worms in the feces of the dog or glued to the skin around the anus or under the tail. In the light like tiny grains of white rice.

Treating dogs with parasites.
When you find an infestation of worms a dog, you should receive a prescription from a veterinarian immediately. Depending on the severity of the infestation, the type of parasite and the likelihood of an infestation, treatment may be need to be repeated once or several times. There are common medications for these problems, but most veterinarians recommend not using them because they are softer and may not kill all the worms and their eggs.

Intestinal parasites can cause several health problems for dogs, including death in extreme cases. Taking steps to prevent infestation, detect it early and treat the dog properly can help keep you safe from these harmful parasites.

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