Coping with a dog that has internal parasites

However much we love and care for our dog, there is a chance they will contract a parasite at some stage; which is normally diagnosed when clearing up their mess.

A Tapeworm is a parasite that most dog owners are aware of. They tend to be noticeable in the hair around the anus; not a nice thing to have to think about but your dog will appreciate you checking them out every now and then.

The roundworm is the most common parasite. It has a lifecycle which needs a complete worming session 15 days apart; one to remove the adult roundworms and the next session to destroy any new ones that have emerged.

Any dog that is in good physical condition, fed on a nutritious pet diet with care taken regarding their sanitation, especially making sure their dog bedding is clean, will be less susceptible to worms. Throwing away all of your dog’s old bedding, replacing it with new bedding and sterilising the dog basket is advisable.

tapeworm cycle

If preferred, you could also change the old dog basket for a new one.

In the warmer weather, if a dog is bitten by a mosquito it can produce a heartworm, the symptoms that show up is your dog being uneasy with his breathing, being lethargic and becoming emaciated.

To stop it all from sounding like doom and gloom, the good news is that all of the above diseases mentioned are treatable by a qualified veterinary surgeon; the best news of all is that your dog will love you for taking the time to make sure he is well and happy.