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Internal Parasites - Worms

Descriptions of the various kinds of worms, treatment and prevention.

Intestinal Worms in Dogs star[offsite link]
Why does the veterinarian want to check a stool sample? Dogs are victims of several internal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are the roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four only roundworms and tapeworms are commonly seen in the stool with the unaided eye. This article explains and illustrates each type of worm.

Roundworm Infection star[offsite link]
Puppies born to mothers that have had roundworms at any time in the past can transmit them to their puppies before birth. Roundworms are about are about 3 to 5 inches long with round bodies. They live in the dog´s intestines and must be found with a microscope.

Tapeworms - Internal Parasite star[offsite link]
Tapeworms are common parasites that live in your dog´s small intestine. There are many different types of tapeworms, but all consist of a head that attaches to the intestinal wall and a flattened, segmented body.

Whipworms star[offsite link]
Whipworms are common in dogs and found throughout the United States. A dog or cat becomes infected by ingesting food or water contaminated with whipworm eggs.

Worms star[offsite link]
Worms – roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, and heartworms – are parasites that can live inside and rob your dog. Worms can cause anemia (low levels of red blood cells), lethargy, poor appetite, and even death. Pet owners can take preventative measures to prevent most worm infections.

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