What are the symptoms of a parasite in a dog?
- Diarrhea, with or without blood or mucus.
- Distended abdomen (belly)
- Weight loss.
- Decreased activity.
- Dull coat.
How do you get rid of parasites in dogs? Roundworms and hookworms can be treated with a product containing pyrantel pamoate. Dogs with tapeworms should be treated with praziquantel (available over the counter or from your veterinarian). A whipworm infestation may be treated with fenbendazole available from your veterinarian.
How does a dog get a parasite? Parasites are usually transmitted when an animal inadvertently ingests parasite eggs or spores in contaminated soil, water, feces or food. In the case of tapeworms, they can also be transmitted when a dog eats an infected flea. Puppies, on the other hand, usually get intestinal parasites from their mother.
Can a dog recover from parasite? By treating a slight infestation of intestinal parasites, a quick recovery can be assured. If the infestation becomes severe, it will take your dog longer to recover once treatments have begun. Follow your veterinarian’s treatment plan and always use medications as directed.