Facts about Parasites:
- Very difficult for people to get from
- Advise routine fecal exam every 6-12
- Start deworming pups at 2 weeks of
age. Then every 2 weeks.
- Pups can be born with worms or become
infected from the bitch at birth.
- Dogs do NOT have pinworms! People
- The most common parasite of dogs.
- Also called Ascarids.
- Long, round, look like spaghetti,
often curl up.
- Seen primarily in young animals.
- Puppies can be born with roundworms.
- Puppies can acquire roundworms from
their mothers milk.
- Roundworm eggs are passed in the feces
- 1/4 the size of the head of a pin.
- Suck blood causing anemia.
- Can cause bloody diarrhea.
- May kill young pups.
- Hookworm eggs are passed in the feces
- Short, flat segments, look like rice.
Owners often see them on their pets rears.
- Possible to get from eating birds,
rabbits, rodents, etc..
- Requires special type of medication to
kill, unavailable over the counter.
- Must find segments in feces to
diagnose; eggs are not usually seen on fecal exam.
- Transmitted by fleas. You must control
fleas to control tapeworms.
- Cause straining to defecate in dogs.
Can see red blood in stool.
- Treat with panacur, or interceptor
- Difficult to get rid of in yard. Must
pick up stools.
- Whipworm eggs can live for several
months or even years in the soil.
- Dogs can acquire whipworm through
contact with the feces of an infected dog.
- Very difficult to cure as the dog
often returns to an infected environment.
- Difficult to diagnose. Several fecal
examinations may be necessary
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