Intestinal Parasite Series: Whipworms

By July 19, 2016Pet Talk

The whipworm is one of the most common intestinal parasites of dogs. Whipworms reside in the cecum, which is inside your dog’s body where the small intestine and large intestine meet. Dogs become infected with whipworms by swallowing infective whipworm eggs in soil or other substances that may contain dog feces.

How will whipworms affect my dog?

Dogs that are infected with a few whipworms may not have any signs of infection. More severe infections can cause bloody diarrhea. If an infected dog is not treated, then severe whipworm infection can cause serious disease and even death.

How do I prevent my dog from getting whipworms?

Whipworm infections can be prevented by administering certain types of monthly heartworm preventatives and by cleaning up stools regularly. Once your yard is infected, the parasite can remain in the soil for several years and cause recurrent infections if not treated. Because whipworms are sometimes more difficult to diagnose than other intestinal parasites, it is important that you take your dog to see a veterinarian at least annually for a properly conducted fecal examination (test of your dog’s feces).Your veterinarian can prescribe safe and effective products that treat and control whipworm infections.

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