What are some of the parasites found in dogs, and how are they treated?

Roundworms, hookworms, coccidia, giardia, and tapeworms. Coccidia is treated with Albon, and roundworms are treated with general dewormers like Panacur, Strongid, and monthly preventatives. Hookworms are treated with Panacur, Drontal Plus, and monthly preventatives, and tapeworms are treated with Panacur and Drontal Plus.

Tim Asaro
Lombard Veterinary Hospital

How do intestinal parasites impact the health and wellbeing of my dog?

They can cause several health issues. The most common issues are anemia, death in severe cases, diarrhea, swollen stomach, vomiting, and weight loss.

Should I be able to see worms in my dog's stool?

Typically, you will not. The only ones you will see are roundworms or tapeworms.

How will a veterinarian diagnose intestinal parasites in my dog?

Most commonly, they will run a fecal sample unless they're visualized during an exam.

Why is early detection and diagnosis of intestinal parasites in dogs so important?

Early diagnosis is important so the proper treatment can be administered, and it is cheaper to treat early rather than later.

What is the difference between natural remedies or over-the-counter dewormers compared to prescription medications?

Natural remedies are not tested. They're things like carrots, pumpkin seeds, and bananas that are said to deworm naturally, but they do not. Over-the-counter dewormers are things like Strongid and some drugs that veterinarians use. Monthly preventatives are things that will specifically treat the worms and heartworm, like milbemycin or Strongid. They use those preventatives as an all-around treatment.

How do I choose the right dewormer for my dog?

Speak with your veterinarian about choosing what is right for your dog, whether it is a small tablet like Sentinel, or a larger tablet, like an Interceptor or a Sentinel Spectrum.

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