Parasite Top Trumps: Know your Dog Worms

Parasite Top Trumps: Know your Dog Worms

Even though it is pouring with rain while I write this article it’s the time of year when our dogs want to be out in the sunshine enjoying the good weather. Annoyingly that also means they may pick-up some less welcome visitors. So, let’s talk dog worms!

Making sure your dog is wormed regularly is an important part of his health regime. Worms are unpleasant and uncomfortable for your dog and in some cases can make your chihuahua really ill or even be fatal. Here we take a look at the most common dog worms. Being able to spot the symptoms of infection will help you keep your chihuahua healthy.

(Toxocara canis & Toxascaris leonine)

Infected by eating the worm eggs from the environment.

Signs of infection: Visible in your dog’s poo or vomit and will look like thin white strands. It can be passed to puppies from an infected mum.

Power: To cause diarrhoea, lethargy and intestinal blockage. In server cases worms can migrate to other organs.

Conventional Treatment and Prevention: Deworming tablets used every three months.

(Dipylidium caninum)

Picked up fleas or by eating other infected hosts.

Signs of infection: White grains that look like rice that can be seen moving around your dog’s anus or in his poo.

Power: Can cause intestinal blockage.

Conventional Treatment and Prevention: Deworming tablets used every three months.

(Ancylostoma caninum)

Nasty little gits that bury themselves in your dog’s intestinal wall and suck blood. Signs of infection are diarrhoea and vomiting, weakness and pale gums.

Power: Can be very dangerous for young puppies and can be life threatening.

Conventional Treatment and Prevention: De-worming tablets used every three months.

(Trichuris Vulpis)

Picked up by eating eggs from the environment. Adults live in the wall of the large intestine. Less common in the UK.

Signs of Infection. Not so easy to see unless your dog passes a clump in his poo.

Power: Causes inflammation and bleeding of the large intestine.

Conventional Treatment and Prevention: Deworming tablets used every three months.

(Angiostrongylus vasorum)

Getting more common in the UK. Picked up by eating infected slugs and snails. The larvae live in the lungs and the adults live in the heart and blood vessels.

Signs of Infection. Can be confused with other illnesses. Coughing and bringing up blood, sickness & diarrhoea, stomach & back pain.

Power: A severe infection can be fatal especially in young dogs.

Conventional Treatment & Prevention: Use of good flea treatment such as Advocate.

(Dirofilaria immitis)

Spread by insects such as mosquitoes. Not so common in the UK yet.  Adults live in the heart.

Signs of Infection: Weight loss, difficulty breathing, bulging chest, inactivity and weakness.

Power: Can cause heart failure.

Treatment: Your dog will need antibiotics, steroids and a series of injections from the vet.

There are also some natural alternatives to chemicals to support your dog against common worms. We will talk about this in the post; Ten Superfoods to Protect Against Worms

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