Common Parasites in Dogs•
Posted on December 18 2017
Every now and again dogs and puppies can be susceptible to parasites, which can be easily picked up from being out on a walk. Whether the parasites are living in soil, water, faeces or dropped food, dogs usually explore with their noses and tongues, so ingesting or contracting certain parasites can be easier than you think. The best thing to do is be prepared for your dog contracting the most common parasites, and have a general knowledge of a few of them so you can identify them easily. Some of course, are not very easy to identify so if parasites become an ongoing issue for your dog or puppy, its always best to take them in to see the vet.
WormsThe difficult thing with worms is that your dog doesn’t always show clear signs of having them, as there are many different types that can affect your dog in different ways. The best thing to do in general is watch for any dramatic changes in appetite, mood, breathing and coat condition. The following types of worms can affect your dog:
- Ringworm – creates a lesion on the skin exactly like it does in humans
- Heartworms – lives in the blood vessels, making the dog extremely ill
- Hookworms – intestinal parasites that cause digestive discomfort
- Tapeworms – another intestinal irritant that grows in segments