Deworming is an important preventative care regime for reducing internal and external parasites and improving your pet’s health. It is also important to help to prevent transmission of parasites to you and your human family members! Intestinal worms are more common in dogs. Here are some things to know about those unwanted house guests your dog might unknowingly be hosting.
There are four common types of intestinal worms they are Roundworms, Hookworms, Whipworms, and Tapeworms. These parasites live inside your dog causing anemia, lethargy, poor appetite and even death.
Roundworm infection is transmitted through ingestion of eggs in an infected rodent, infected soil or milk from an infected mother. Roundworm has two types of species, which can affect dogs that are Toxocara Canis and Toxascaris leonine. These both are white in color and are long like spaghetti, they absorb all the nutrients from the infected dog.
Hookworms infection is transmitted by ingesting the larvae (which usually lives in soil) or by the larvae attaching to and burrowing through the dog’s skin. Mostly hookworms are short, blood sucking parasites with teeth. They can be fatal in young puppies, due to the amount of nutrients they strip from the dog.
Whipworm infection is transmitted by ingesting eggs that live in the soil. They live in the large intestine and don’t extract as many nutrients as other types of worms do. Unless the worms burrow into the intestinal tissue. They pose few problems and rarely cause symptoms.
Tapeworms are long- half a foot or more in length, segmented worms that can live in a pet’s small intestine. They are transmitted when the dog ingests the fleas while grooming. It grabs on the small intestine’s wall with six tiny rows of teeth to absorb nutrients as food is digested.
Here are some of the symptoms which can be caused, if your dog has got intestinal worms-
- Abdominal discomfort
- Bloated belly
- Blood or mucus in the stools
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Severe itching around the anus
You might have got a clear idea, how dangerous can be the intestinal worms to your beloved pet. So, it is really important that you take precautions, as well as keep deworming your dog from time to time. There are many products available in the market, you can even purchase it online. Some of the best products used to deworm dogs are Drontal, Cazitel, Popantel, Milbemax, Panacur, Endogard etc.
Make sure, that before choosing any of the deworming product, you read the instructions carefully on the box. There are many types of products, which comes according to size and weight of your furry pal.