Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms - ewwww - in MY dog?
Contamination comes from a variety of exposures - even when there are no outward signs of infestation - parasitic eggs are sometimes shed by infected animals who appear healthy.
Intestinal parasites may be able to shed eggs at an alarming rate, so the problem can become ex plosive.
De-worm your pup on a regular schedule, pick up pet droppings regularly, guard against fleas, keep pets & pet area clean.
*Parasitic eggs are not able to be seen by the naked eye, even when present in feces.
*An infected dog can shed more than 10 million eggs w/ the chance of contaminating an entire 3,000 ft. yard in just a few days.
*Some eggs can survive in soil & remain infective for years.
*Zoonosis: transmission to humans - oral ingestion possibly caused by contamination hands, accidental ingestion of infected flea, or penetration of skin by parasitic larvae (hookworm).
*Zoonotic parasites are transmitted primarily from a contaminated environment, not from normal contact w/ the dog, as once believed.
*Adult tapeworm resides in intestinal tract of wild or domestic canines, being shed in feces. Rodents, rates, mice, voles serve as intermediate hosts, w/ worms developing in the liver, lungs & other organs to form multilocular cysts. Life cycle is completed after a canine consumes an infected rodent.
*Fleas transmit disease. Ingestion of infected flea can transmit tapeworms to animals & people.
*Hookworm larvae is able to permeate the bare sole of a human foot.
*Definitive hosts - wild & domestic canines (dogs, foxes, wolves, etc.)
*Intermediate hosts - rodents, rats, mice
*Symptoms: diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, malnutrition, weight loss, blood loss, lethary - extreme case could possibly include death.
By now, you are probably flopping all over the floor, feeling like bugs are crawling over you, grossed out at potential risks.
Not to worry.
Quick, cheap & easy remedies:
a. treat your dog monthly w/ broad spectrum oral wormers available at pet stores - sometimes also available at Walmart or Target,
b. pick up fecal droppings multiple times a week,
c. be aware of environments that could possibly be contaminated (dog parks, walking paths, etc.)
*Dose according to instructions once a month - puppies can be treated as early as 4 weeks. Dose more often if you visit dog parks, kennels, expose dog to hiking or other areas where wild canines may roam , etc.
*Lactating dams should be treated , however some wormers may be toxic to pregnant females. Know your product. Discuss w/ your vet.
In order to protect your environment:
*Keep pup feces away from garden areas, do not walk barefoot thru areas of contamination & of course, wash hands regularly.
Diligent worming not only removes intestional parasites but also helps reduce risk of additional contamination of environment.
Bellissima Farms invests in each pup's lifetime of health by maintaining a strict worming/inoculation schedule, beginning early in life.
*Reminder calendars are passed over to new owners, thus insuring a stable immune foundation.
*Actual bottle labels are attached to records, in case of vaccine recall.
*While vet visits for a healthy dog may seem like a nuisance, annual follow up booster shots protect our buddies from dreadful, potentially deadly diseases. The annual visit could be a good time to have the teeth scaled along w/ a general check up.
Canine distemper, adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus
Bordatella - bacteria causing severe whooping/coughing fits
Distemper - virus that attacks respiratory/gastro/nervous system
Hepatitus - virus attacks liver causing jaundice, stomach enlargement, etc.
Corona - virus attacks gastro/soem respiratory -
Parainfluenza - virus contributes to kennel cough
Parvovirus - virus attacks gastro system - able to rapidly killl a dog
NO Leptospirosis is given as negative side effects plague the Chinese Cresteds when used.