Dog Problems.


by Dennis Fisher.

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A number of dog sicknesses are caused by worms, which is regrettable because worms can quite easily be eliminated without distress to the dog.

Although worms are often the cause of diarrhea, loss of condition, poor coat condition and loss of blood, there are occasions where dogs can have worms without showing any obvious signs of infestation.   This is because the infestation is not severe.  Nevertheless, in these instances the worms should still be eliminated.

The dog’s stool is often a very reliable indication of its health, so one should make a point of observing the animal’s stool.  In the case of tapeworms, the little segments  - that look like grains of rice - are  usually clearly visible, but this is not always the case.

In the case of hookworm, there is often traces of blood in the stool, but here again this is not always the case.

The only reliable test as to whether the animal has worms , is to ask your Veterinarian to examine a sample of the stool under the microscope.  Not only will this reveal whether or not the animal has  worms, your Veterinarian will also be able identify which type of worm is present.

 There are  excellent worm  medicines available, that are  extremely effective in ridding the animal of worms, and are also very safe if given in the correct doses.

Very  often one is tempted to buy the over –the  counter worm  medication that is freely available without prescription  from Pet Shops and pharmacies.  Many of these are  very good products and will do the job well, but it is far better to  identify the type of worm  the dog is infested with and use the most suitable worm medication available.  This can only be done with any certainly by an examination of the dog’s stool by a Veterinarian.