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Intestinal Dog Worms – Awareness is the Key

Intestinal parasites and animals, particularly pet dogs, have millions of years of weird relationship. Animals living in wild are less affected by intestinal parasites.  This is because animals dying in their natural habitat are devoured immediately and scavengers finish off the residual carcasses. This eliminates the chance for worm eggs and larvae to develop and find a host. Even by any chance, wild animals become infected by parasites they have developed a highly efficient system to get rid of them naturally.  Pets, on the other hand, are not immune to intestinal worms.  

The most common parasitic worms in pets are Nematodes (roundworms), Cestodes (tapeworms) Ascarids (hookworms, whipworms) and some species of Coccidia, Giardia and Physaloptera. These find their way into a host through contaminated water, food, soil, mosquito bites, sexual acts, and through pregnant or nursing mothers.

Your pet dog becomes a “silent sufferer” when afflicted with intestinal dog worms. This is because parasitic worms mate, mature and multiply in the intestinal tracts of animals for a very long period.  There are usually no outward symptoms of worm infestation. Actually, some worm eggs and larvae can remain dormant in pet’s body and become active only in time of pregnancy and stress. The only method of definite diagnosis is through stool examination by a veterinarian.  If your pet displays one or more of the following signs, it is perhaps time for a vet visit.

  • Weakness, weight loss and insomnia
  • Diarrhea, often with blood
  • Vomiting, often with worms
  • Dryness in hair and hair loss
  • Stomach pain, bloated belly
  • Dull coat 

Treatment of intestinal worms usually involves a thorough diagnosis by a veterinarian through stool or microscopic examination. After identifying the species of the worm, your vet then will prescribe the appropriate medicine, usually oral tablets.  Two particular medicines worth trying are Canex and Cazitel, which are effective against the major species of parasitical dog worms.  Ask your vet’s advice for using these products.

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