Getting Rid of Your Dogs Hookworms and Whipworms

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Getting Rid of Your Dogs Hookworms and Whipworms

by Jean Morgan

Hookworms and whipworms are common types of parasitic worms found in canines or your dogs. Hookworms are small worms, which fasten to the small intestine walls, sucking blood. Dogs get infected with hookworms through contaminated soil. Their eggs hatch and the hookworms grow to adulthood in your dog?s intestines. Puppies can get hookworms in the uterus of the mother dog or through her milk. These worms could kill puppies, but not adult dogs. These worms are capable of siphoning massive volumes of blood from your dogs, thus causing serious illnesses.

Whipworms, on the other hand, are parasitic worms with thread-like appearance. The target site of these worms is the cecum of the large intestine. These worms would imbed themselves deeply within the lining of the large intestine. Infestations of whipworms are not easily discernible because they are so light in appearance that it may need several checkups before a definitive finding can be concluded.

Signs and Symptoms
Symptoms of hookworm infection include severe anemia resulting to pale gums, dull coat, generalized weakness or lethargy, and considerable weight loss. Whipworms are light in appearance and are difficult to diagnose. If ignored, however, would result to serious health problems for your dog. Severe accumulation of whipworms could cause weight loss, abdominal pain, dehydration, and anemia. The stools may be watery or bloody. Whipworms are not really dangerous, but treatment takes time.

Prevention and Treatment
If your dog is infected with hookworms or whipworms, there are several effective and safe de-worming medications you could get from your veterinarian. It is best to have your puppies de-wormed immediately within two to three weeks after birth. An infected dog will need two to four doses of the prescribed de-wormer to kill all hookworms. One dosage may only kill adult hookworms and not the newly-matured worms and larvae.

In case of severe hookworm accumulation, your dog may need blood transfusion in order to fight off anemia. Your veterinarian will decide if blood transfusion is necessary. Whipworms have high recurrence rate, thus, whipworm infection is difficult to treat. Your veterinarian would have to thoroughly check your dog before he could prescribe the appropriate treatment. Again, two to four doses are needed to effectively kill newly-formed worms, which were merely larvae during the first dose.

Although there are medications readily available in the market, the best way to treat parasitic worms is to avoid infections in the first place. Your puppies should be de-wormed as early as three weeks of age. Have your dogs regularly checked and de-wormed, especially those at high risk for parasitic infections. You must also make sure that you keep your dogs and your environment clean.

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