Symptoms and treatment for worms in the coup
Roundworms are one of the most common intestinal parasites of puppies. Even puppies that come from pristine kennels and environments often develop roundworms because it is found in almost all puppies in the east. There are several types of roundworms, technically called nematodes, but Toxocara canis species most commonly affect dogs. Roundworms are passed on stool or vomit, and look like spaghetti mass.
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Dogs can be infected in four different ways. Puppies can be infected before they are born when immature dog-dog ports migrate to the uterus. Puppies can also contract roundworms from nursing infected breast milk. The parasite can also be contracted when a canine or adult dog swallows infectious larvae found in the environment, or by eating an infected host such as a mouse or bird.
Roundworm Life Cycle
When a puppy swallows infectious eggs, the larvae that emerge in the intestines later migrate to the liver and lungs. They cough and swallow again, and then bake as soon as they return to the intestines.
The parasites grow on worms grown one to seven inches. Mature females can lay 200,000 hard-boiled eggs in a single day, which pass through the stool and can live in the environment for months. The eggs enter the infective larvae, completing the cycle.
Older dogs that ingest infectious larvae are more resistant to worms and their immune system tends to stop the development of the worm. Such larvae simply stop developing and stay wherever they occur. In other words, they can be located in the muscles, kidneys, brain, or even the eyes.
In male dogs, and females that are spayed or never bred, the larvae remain frozen forever in time.
But when a female dog becomes pregnant, the same hormones that stimulate the development of unborn puppies also stimulate worms to grow. Immature roundworms begin to migrate again and usually cross into the placenta or mammary glands to infect puppies before or shortly after birth.
Risks and round marks
Round heads rarely endanger life, but massive infections can cause intestinal damage, or rarely obstruct the intestines or even rupture. Most often, roundworms interfere with the absorption of puppy food.
Puppies with roundworms often have a potbellied appearance. They can also develop a dull coat since the worms get the nutrients that keep the coat seeking health. Heavy loads of worms can cause diarrhea or mucus in the stool. Puppy owners usually diagnose the worms themselves when they see spaghetti-like masses passing on the stool or vomiting. Your veterinarian can also diagnose roundworms by examining a sample of dog stool under a microscope and finding immature eggs, which confirms that adult worms are present in the intestines.
Treatment of Roundworms
Veterinarians usually prescribe medication for roundworms as a matter of course.
These treatments are considered safe even in fairly young puppies. Many heart disease preventers also protect against worms, as heartworm is also a type of snail. This is important because roundworms can affect children as well.
Children at risk
Children may be at risk for Toxocara canis infection , mainly from accidentally contracting the infectious stages of the worm. Ewww! But in fact, this happens most often when children taste or eat contaminated dirt.
The parasite causes a disease in humans called visceral migrans larvae in which immature worms never reach maturity but simply migrate throughout the body. Symptoms include fever, anemia, enlarged liver, pneumonia, and other problems. Because of this human risk, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all puppies and their mothers undergo deworming treatments, whether diagnosed with the parasite or not.
These measures, along with simple sanitary procedures, will protect both puppies and human family members from roundworms. Clean feces from the dog yard at least once a week and prevent small children from playing in the dog’s “toilet area”.