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Since your dog can't speak English well, YOU need to be diligent in watching out for your dog and noticing any unusual signs. Here are some common ways to tell if your dog has worms.
Visible worms or eggs in fecal matter - This is the most common way to confirm that your dog has worms. However, not all kinds of worms are visible in fecal matter to the naked eye.
Visible worms in fur, or area around dog's rear - Tapeworms, in particular, may appear as small moving segments, which later dry out to resemble grains of rice.
Scratching or rubbing of rear on the ground or against furniture- if your dog shows signs of itchiness around the rear, it may be irritated by worms in the area. However, this could also be due to problems with glands unrelated to worms.
Vomiting with visible worms - if your dog has worms, you may also see them in your dog's vomit.
Bloated stomach or belly - This is another common symptom of worms, often seen in puppies who receive worms from their mother.
Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, weight loss - If your dog has worms, the worms are stealing your dog's nutrition. Your dog may be weak or constantly hungry, and in severe
cases, may be losing weight
Diarrhea, particularly with blood in it.
Why your dog might have worms When your dog is at risk.
Newly born puppies - roundworm eggs can form cysts in adult dogs that remain dormant. These eggs CANNOT be removed by medication. When a female dog is pregnant, these dormant
eggs will activate and infect the puppies.The mother's milk can also pass roundworms to puppies.
Contact with infected dirt - roundworm eggs and hookworm larvae can reside in dirt. If you dog comes in contact with infected dirt, your dog may have worms.
Fleas - young tapeworms can reside in fleas. If your dog swallows fleas while grooming, your dog will ingest tapeworms and be infected.
Hunting or eating wildlife - wild animals may carry worms, including tapeworms residing in fleas on wild animals. If your dog hunts or eats wildlife, your dog may swallow worms.
How do you know if your dog has something besides worms?
A dog owner's guide to diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the symptoms for worms, such as stomach irritation, can be confused with other health problems. Keeping your dog healthy means you need to be alert to warning signs for a range or problems, not just worms. You can always bring your dog to the veterinarian, but the first line of defense, is YOU, the dog owner at home, not the veterinarian's office.
In addition, medication can have side effects, and some dogs react poorly to medicines prescribed by the veterinarian. Even after you visit the veterinarian, you need to carefully observe your dog and know when there is another problem.
If you are interested in learning how to take care of your dog's health from home, and what health problems to look out for, I recommend that you devote some time to learning about dog health issues. This means a lot of reading, at least in the beginning! You can ask your veterinarian to recommend literature. Easy-to-read, but reputable, magazines are also a great source of health information. What kind of worms can your dog have? How to tell the difference between worms.Below are symptoms and risks for worm infections, grouped by the kind of worm.
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Roundworms - roundworms can grow up to half a foot in length and live in the intestines. They should be visible as small noodle-like bits in fecal matter and cause swollen bellies. Roundworms are a big problem with puppies.
Hookworms- hookworms are thin, small worms that "bite" or "hook" into the intestinal wall. They are not always visible by eye, which means a microscope examination is needed to observe eggs in fecal matter. Hookworms can cause bleeding because of their biting, which results in bloody stools or anemia.
Tapeworms- tapeworms are flat, long worms that live in the intestines. Segments of the tapeworm breaking off are visible to the naked eye as rice-like grains after drying out.
Heartworms- heartworms are one of the most dangerous worms because they cannot be easily detected. Heartworms can be spread by mosquitoes.mosquitoes. Heartworms damage the heart muscle and require a blood test to detect. Heart damage can be fatal, and you will only see other symptoms such as weakness or dull fur after heart damage has already occurred. It is absolutely necessary to keep your dog on a heartworm preventive medicine.
Whipworms - whipworms are thin, thread like worms living in the large intestine. Adults may be visible by the naked eye, but fecal matter does not contain many worms, so they may be difficult to detect. A microscope examination of several fecal samples may be necessary to detect them. Whipworms are one of the most difficult worms to eliminate, but they are treatable.
What to do if your dog has worms? How to treat your dog?
If you think your dog has worms, safe and effective treatments are readily available.
Seasonal traditional protection from the heartworms should be given to your dog from April 1st to December 1st. using: Heartguard, Interceptor...For the most common types of worms, including heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, and tapeworms, there are some very safe natural terapies using essential oils:
What Essential Oils will help with Parasites?
Oils that are anti-parasitic are listed below. For ticks, insects and fleas.Here are some oils suggestions:
• Clove Essential Oil
• Lemon Essential Oil
• Fennel Essential Oil
• Thyme Essential Oil
• Ginger Essential Oil
• Pepermint Essential Oil
• Idaho Tansy Essential Oil
Here are some professionally made blends that have been used to help dispel worms:
• Di-Gize Essential Oil
• PanAway Tansy Essential Oil
• Longevity Essential Oil
Place on the paws to release the parasites. Or put it in a capsule and have them swallow it! I prefer the skin or paw method! The oil of Nutmeg is also anti-parasitic but because it must be used in very small amounts it is best combined with other oils. I also suggest probiotics, raw diet and a supplement called ParaFree from Young Living.
Para Free can be used for animals and contains ten different essential oils, many of which are listed above in an organic olive and sesame oil base. Several holistic vets use ParaFree in their practice. I read a case where a small dog was given 3-4 ParaFree per day to treat heartworm (along with helicrysum,enzymes, longevity and oregano essential oil).
The human dosage for this supplement is one to four per day. So I would adjust accordingly. I give my dog one capsule for a few days during the month for prevention of worms. Or when I start to see some signs of tapeworm, I give her one capsule a day for three to five days.
I have used ParaFree Supplement for my dog.
For natural parasite control and deworming dogs, use up to 2 capsules per day for up to a 50 lb animal. Adjust according to weight and monitor your dog! Will have to perform stool testing to make sure that parasites have been eliminated completely. For horses, 6-10 day can be used easily as human dose is 6 caps per day. For dog heartworm prevention:
• Small Dogs (under 20 pounds): 1/2 to 1 capsule per day at least 2 times per week during heartworm season or when you know your dog has heartworm.
• Medium Dogs (20-50 pounds): 1-1 1/2 capsules per day at least 2 times per week during heartworm season or when you know your dog has heartworm.
• Large Dogs (over 50 pounds): 2-3 capsules per day at least 2 times per week during heartworm season or when you know your dog has heartworm. I would split all capsules into am and pm feedings and feed probiotic in between.
Note about Animals:Certain oils can be very toxic to cats if not therapeutic grade. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
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