Dog's Parasites

Parasitic diseases in dogs are divided into two distinct categories, depending on the type of parasite that causes them. Internal parasites are common in dogs, especially in young animals. Intestinal worms infest about 80%-90% of young dogs.

Infestation occurs either through eggs or larvae that are transmitted directly from the outside, or by transplacental means, from the female dog to the fetuses (in the case of roundworms), or through a host, as the case is with tapeworms, in which the infestation is made through fleas, in which the parasite's larvae develop.

There are many internal parasites, but the most common in dogs remain roundworms and tapeworms.

The symptoms are similar in all helminthic infections: capricious appetite, weight loss, distended abdomen, dull hair, vomiting, diarrhea alternating with constipation and sometimes even severe nervous phenomena, similar to epileptic seisures. Coprologic examination repeated every 2-3 days is decisive for a diagnostic.

In addition, parasites contribute to lowering the body's resistance, making it vulnerable to the attack of contagious diseases. In fact, vaccination against these diseases often does not give results in the case of existing parasites; thus, every breeder is required to proceed to deworming the puppies immediately after weaning (about 2 months of life). It is good that the female also gets a health check in this respect, prior to mating.

If you suspect your dog has intestinal worms, feed it a grated carrrot saute and watch the stool on the following day. The safest way to determine this remains, nonetheless, a laboratory exam.