Good afternoon to my readers and today I wanted to discuss something not so nice “Parasites in Doggies“, but unfortunately this does happen and our sweet little doggies can become very sick.
Parasites in Doggies
If you are a responsible pet owner then I know you are aware that your doggies can become infested with parasites which are not fun for them in any way and can make them very sick.
Today I was going to highlight a few of these parasites that are most common in my part of the world, but please do research and find if where you live might have the same ones or different species that you need to be aware of keeping you and your family safe as well as your doggie.
The most common parasite found in dogs here where I live is the roundworms and when puppies are born drinking from their mothers this parasite is most commonly found and needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. I do know that the roundworms can be picked up from the ground outside but why nursing mothers get these and pass them onto the young is something that I could never understand it happens in almost all liters.
So what is the roundworm – The adult roundworms live in the affected dog’s intestines, many dogs do not have signs of infection, however, dogs with major roundworm infections, especially, in puppies show diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, dull hair, and a potbellied appearance. You may notice the adult roundworms in your dog’s feces or vomit which look like spaghetti. Puppies, when infested, will show a pot-belly and need serious medical attention so please watch out for these nasty little creatures. Please be aware that humans can be infected with this parasite from the soil where the dog does their business and coming in contact with it then you can end up with the roundworms as well.
Hookworms are another parasite which can also infect humans and when your dog has these parasites you need to be extra careful in the removal of fecal matter from your yards or out when cleaning up after them on a walk. What are hookworms these are very similar roundworms, hookworms are intestinal parasites that live in the digestive system of your dog (or any animal). The hookworm attaches to the lining of the intestinal wall and feeds on your dog’s blood, its eggs are ejected into the digestive tract and pass into the environment through your dog’s feces. Symptoms your dog can exhibit with hookworms would possibly be diarrhea, perhaps with blood, failure to gain weight or weight loss, loss of appetite, anemia (pale gums, weakness), which is life-threatening for puppies, and coughing, due to the larval migration through the lungs (with very heavy infections).
Whipworms in dogs are another intestinal parasite are about 1/4 inch (6 mm) long, they live in the cecum and colon (large intestine) of dogs where they cause severe irritation to the lining of those organs. The whipworm infection results in watery, bloody diarrhea, weight loss, and general debilitation. Symptoms are dehydration, anemia, and weight loss. This is another parasite that can be transferred to humans so it is always best to make sure you have your pet veterinarian checked yearly.
The last parasite which is common here in my region is the tapeworm these come in different types but the most common here is caused by swallowing a tiny infected flea. Fleas can carry the tapeworm’s larvae or babies if your dog swallows it maybe while grooming himself — an adult tapeworm can grow inside your dog’s intestines. Your dog can also eat dead animals if they roam which is another way of them ingesting an insect that would have the tapeworm’s larvae or babies. Watching your dog at all times when outdoors is very important whether in the city or in the country roadkill is a perfect candidate for them to get into. Symptoms of tapeworm are weight loss even when eating normally, lethargy, distended abdomen, vomiting, diarrhea, and dull coat. The majority of dogs with tapeworms show no signs of illness or infection and if the heads are not destroyed, the tapeworms can regenerate. Tapeworms are not transferable to humans and the only way for you to get one is by ingesting the larvae by eating an insect that carries these.
How to Get Rid of Parasites
There are medications you can purchase from many of the pet stores locally and some of these work if they contain the right amount of the proper medication needed to actually kill the worms or have your dog expel them.
For the difference in price, I feel much more comfortable going to the veterinarian for the best medication possible to rid my own doggies of any parasites they may have picked up.
You do not need to take your dog with you to the veterinarian office to get a test done on the fecal sample that you must take with you for them to find out if your dog has a parasite or not so I find this method easy and affordable.
There are different medications the veterinarian will prescribe for these parasites and following the directions is very important to ensure you kill all the worms and any larvae or babies in their system.
Roundworms medications include pyrantel, milbemycin, fenbendazole, and moxidectin. Hookworms medications are fenbendazole, moxidectin, and pyrantel. Whipworms medications would include febantel, fenbendazole, milbemycin, moxidectin, andoxantel. And for tapeworms you would need Praziquantel, along with this your veterinarian will more than likely suggest a flea treatment to prevent re-infestation from occurring.
Reading through the medications above you will notice some of these parasites can be treated with the same medications but remember the doses might be different for each type of parasite so listening to your veterinarian will be best for your doggie’s health.
Because some of these medications are the same your veterinarian might use only one to treat your doggie for multiple parasites just to make sure they get well, that is why I prefer a float test and what my veterinarian prescribes over buying something over the counter that might or might not work and not knowing if my doggie is going to get rid of the parasites.
None of us like to deal with any unpleasantness when it comes to our little doggies they mean so much to all of us, taking care that they do not have parasites is just another way to show them we care about them.
What bothers me with parasites is that they are transferable to humans and if you do not know which ones then when your children are playing with them it is possible they can get these parasites or even you for that matter.
Knowing where and how you can contact these parasites is important for your health as well as that of your doggie so be a good and responsible pet owner and clean up after your pets no matter where they go. Get them tested yearly or sooner if you think that they have picked up a parasite. Keeping them safe as well as you and your family.
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