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Most Common Parasites

Hookworms

Roundworms

Tapeworms

Whipworms

Coccidia

Prevention

 

Parasites can kill puppies and kittens, please bring a fecal sample to have us check for existing parasites.

 

 

 

 

461 Patriots Road, Rte 2A

Templeton Common

Templeton, Ma 01468 Telephone: 978.939.9348
FAX: 978.939.2048
E-mail: nygardvetclinic@comcast.net

 

 

Common Parasites

Parasites: Your Pet's Enemies

 

Here are tiny parasites that pose a gigantic threat.

 

Dogs are victims of several parasites. The most common are the roundworms that infest most puppies at some time in their young lives and tapeworms that can be a big problem when flea infestations are high.

Early diagnosis of the presence and species of intestinal parasite is important, for not all worms respond to the same treatment. Therefore, stool samples should be taken to the veterinarian for microscopic examination if worms are suspected.

 

Most worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms: diarrhea, perhaps with blood in the stool; weight loss; dry hair; general poor appearance; and vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomitus.  However, some infestations cause few or no symptoms; in fact some worm eggs or larvae can be dormant in the dog's body and activated only in times of stress, or in the case of roundworms, until the latter stages of pregnancy, when they activate and infest the soon-to-be-born puppies.

 

roundworm cycle