Dog Fleas, Lice And Ticks - Medications and
Dog Fleas And The Pet Meds That Get Rid Of Them - Part Three
Internal Parasites on Dogs
Internal parasites are actually
worms. The common roundworm is found most often in puppies where
they hatch in the intestines. If it is treated when the dog is
young, rarely will a heavy infestation be found when the dog is
These worms may be passed on occasion
through the stool and look like thin spaghetti about 1-3 inches
long, white, firm and sometimes coiled or curled.
Hookworms are also common in puppies
but a dog of any age can be infected. This worm in a heavy
infestation can cause death and it will usually attack a weak,
Things to look for are weakness,
anemia, and thin, mucous-like diarrhea possibly with blood. Call
your vet if you see these symptoms.
Whipworms respond well to oral pet meds. Symptoms may be on and off diarrhea, poor condition and the coat may seem dry and brittle.
Heartworms were most common in the
coastal plain regions of the Atlantic and the
Tapeworms are often found in the
older dog. There are two species of this worm. One spends part of
its cycle in the flea. When your dog eats a flea it becomes
infected. The other spends part of its cycle in the rabbit or mouse.
When the dog gets hold of and eats one of these animals it also
becomes infected. This worm attaches itself to the lining in the
intestines and some segments will break off and come out with the
stool. It is usually easy to identify this worm and a stool sample
can be taken to your vet for confirmation. Oral pet meds are very
effective for this worm but may only last temporarily. Once a flea,
rabbit, or mouse is ingested, the pet meds are again required.
Remember the information given here is only a guide and you should always check with your veterinarian if you think there is a problem or before administering any medication.
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