Dog Health care and training information for a new puppy dog owner

Dog Care - Helath Care
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Common Internal worms and Parasites
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Worm Explanation Detection Problems Treatment
Roundworm Puppies acquire them from their mothers before they are born. Infection can occur at any age due to ingestion of eggs. Looks like spaghetti in puppy's feces. Eggs are also seen in microscopic examination of feces. Usually mild vomiting and diarrhoea. In large numbers can cause weight loss, dull coat and pot belly. Eggs can also infect humans. Medical treatment, often at time of vaccination
Hookworm Inhabit intestine where they ingest blood. Dogs may be infected through mothers milk, through penetration of the skin or by ingesting immature worms Invisible to naked eye so fecal examination is required to detect worms or eggs Anaemia and diarrhoea Prevention by maintaining good hygiene. Prescription of medicine required for elimination
Whipworm Inhabit large intestine. Caused by unhygienic living conditions Worm or eggs usually found by a microscopic examination Diarrhoea, sometimes with blood and mucus Maintain hygiene. Prescription of medicine required for elimination.
Tapeworm Inhabit small intestine. Infection through ingestion of carrier (usually fleas but also rabbits and rodents) Segments of worms visible in feces or dried, rice-like pieces around anus Usually harmless Prevention by controlling fleas. Prescription of medicine required for elimination.
Coccidia Infection caused by unhygienic, crowded living conditions Microscopic fecal examination Diarrhoea Maintain hygiene. Easily treated by medication
Giardia Infection through drinking contaminated water Microscopic fecal examination Diarrhoea Maintain hygiene. Easily treated by medication
Heartworm Carried by mosquitoes and inhabit the heart Simple blood test Typical signs of heart disease: coughing, rapid breathing, exercise intolerance, weight loss, sudden death Prevention by monthly pill

 



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