You love your fur-baby more than anything in the world, and just like any other member of your family, you want to keep him well protected. Unfortunately, however, despite your best efforts to keep your pooch safe, there are some things that seem impossible to control, such as a parasitic infection.
It’s no secret that dogs are prone to parasites. Fleas and ticks are some of the most common parasites that dogs can become infected with; however, there are various ways that you can prevent and treat these pests. Essential oil for dog fleas, a flea collar, and flea treatment for dogs are some of the most effective methods of prevention and treatment. But what about other parasites, like whipworms?
If you’ve never heard of whipworms before or you’ve recently discovered that your furry friend has been infected with them, you’re going to want to know how to treat them. Read on to find out more about these canine parasites and what you can do to get rid of them – and prevent an infestation in the first place.
What are Whipworms?
Whipworms are intestinal parasites. Unfortunately, canines are often the host of choice for these horrific pests; in fact, of all the intestinal parasites dogs can contract, whipworms are one of the most common. In the early stages of a whipworm infection, your pet may not show any signs; however, as the parasites multiply and spread, the following symptoms may present:
- Blood in the stool
- Weight loss
- Decreased mobility
In severe cases, a whipworm infection can lead to serious diseases and can even result in death.
How do Dogs Contract Whipworms
Dogs contract whipworms when they ingest the eggs of these parasites, which can be found in soil or stool. So, if your pup spends a lot of time outside in a dog house or an outdoor dog kennel, for example, and he ingests infected soil (perhaps he buried a dog treat or a dental chew and dug it up); or, if he ate infected stool (some canines have a tendency to eat fecal matter), he could contract an infection of these parasites. Your pup could also develop an infection if he eats tainted dog food; unfortunately, dry dog food and wet dog food can become compromised; you’ve probably heard about numerous recalls on dog food, especially on sub-par brands, so make sure you only feed your pup one of the premium quality dog food brands.
If you suspect that your dog has whipworms, take him to the vet as soon as possible. The sooner your pup receives treatment, the better. High quality dewormers for dogs can effectively eradicate the infection; however, do make sure that you follow the instructions to the letter, otherwise the parasites may not be fully eliminated and your furry friend could develop another infection, which he could spread to other dogs and cats in your household, or even in your area.
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