Parasites can be annoying at the least, and very dangerous
if left untreated. Roundworms (Ascarid), hookworms,
whipworms, and tapeworms are common intestinal parasites
that infect almost every dog. These parasites can cause
poor growth and even death. The worms are passed in
egg form through a dog's feces.
like roundworms are passed in egg form through a dog's
feces, however, infection can also occur as a result
of larvae penetrating the skin (causing a local rash),
after which they migrate through the bloodstream into
the intestines. Hookworms can cause diarrhea, anemia
and general poor health. Dogs may lose weight from the
bloodsucking of hookworms.
live and grow in a dog's intestinal tract. They can
reach up to seven inches in length. Symptoms of dogs
suffering from roundworms include dull coat, a potbellied
appearance and diarrhea and vomiting. A heavy roundworm
infestation may also produce lung damage, pneumonia
and liver damage.
Tapeworm eggs are spread by fleas. Puppies are particularly
susceptible to intestinal parasites and may be born
with them or infected from their mothers milk. The veterinarian
can diagnose intestinal parasites in your dog by examining
a fecal (stool) sample and recommend proper treatment.
Your pet should receive periodic stool checks and deworming
if needed. If you have any doubt about your pet's health,
call your veterinarian.