Roundworms Prevention and Cure of Roundworms in Dogs

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Roundworms Prevention and Cure of Roundworms in Dogs

by Jean Morgan

Worm infections are a threat to dogs? and humans? health, and this is especially true for roundworms. Because of their zoonotic nature, this means that this type of worms can be transmitted to humans, too.

Knowing More About Roundworms

Roundworms are generally white-colored worms and are big worms. They are about the same size as a spaghetti strand and about 4-inches long. These worms look symmetrical, and the ends are usually tapered. They have a body cavity filled with fluid that is located between the worm?s body and its digestive tract known as pseudocoel. If you?re wondering about the sexes of roundworms, it could come separate, or they could have both the reproductive organs for male and female present in one body. Diagnosing a roundworm is easy as roundworm eggs are usually visible to the naked eye that sometimes a vet needs only a stool sample to evaluate under the microscope and confirm the diagnosis of roundworm.

Signs and Symptoms of Roundworm Infection in Dogs

Dogs tend to get infected with roundworms a lot. It is common knowledge that dogs always lick their coats and eat almost anything they see on the ground, so this is how they commonly ingest roundworm eggs. Once ingested and the eggs hatch in the intestine, it travels to other parts of the dog?s body via blood flow. Symptoms of roundworm infection include vomiting and diarrhea. Sometimes the dog even vomits up the roundworms! The dog also exhibits a pot-bellied appearance and a dull coat and has weakness, lethargy and abdominal pain. Severe infection can lead to pneumonia as these worms can travel up a dog?s lungs, and if left untreated, it can cause intestinal obstruction. Roundworms? effects on puppies are much more devastating than on older dogs.

Prevention of Roundworm Infection

How could one get rid of these roundworm larvae? Well, a de-wormer should do the trick. Generic brands with pyrantel pamoate are usually prescribed by vets. De-worming should be done two to three weeks apart. The dog then should be followed up with a fecal laboratory exam about three weeks after the treatment.

The best way to prevent roundworm infection is still through good and proper hygiene. The owner should promptly dispose of the dog?s feces and thoroughly clean the area. Since roundworms can also be passed onto humans, discourage the dog from defecating where children play. For the owner?s safety, always wash your hands before you eat your meal.

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