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Deworming: Intestinal Parasites


Vet in the Woodlands

Deworming: Intestinal Parasites

Dogs are ideal hosts to worms and other parasites.  By nature, our dogs lick, smell, chew or eat anything that comes across their path. Sooner or later the odds are that your dog will be exposed to some type of parasite. At Creekside Animal Hospital we are dedicated to educating our clients and recommending the best standard of care in order to prevent your dog from getting worms.

How does a dog get worms?

Dogg get worms by:

  • Nursing
  • Contact with contaminated feces
  • Contaminated soil (ex: rolling around, eating, and licking dirt)
  • Eating infected prey (examples: mice, birds, reptiles)
  • Eating fleas 

Vet in the WoodlandsWhat kind of worms do dogs get?

Some common intestinal worms in dogs are: 

How do you prevent a dog from getting worms?

Our parasite prevention protocol includes:

  • Fecal examinations are performed annually 
  • Treating nursing females alongside their litter. Adult dogs normally have resistance to parasites, but nursing females typically have a suppressed immune system and dormant larvae can become active and infect her and the litter.
  • Treating all puppies starting 6 weeks of age
  • Treating new adults dogs
  • Using regular parasite preventative

Your pet's level of risk of getting worms is dictated by its lifestyle and habits so deworming your pet routinely could also be a recommended preventative protocol. Our dedicated veterinary team is here to help answer questions you might have and can schedule an appointment for your canine friend today.

Even when you follow our protocol it is important to do everything you can to prevent your dog from being exposed and getting worms.

Avoid infestations:

  • Be sure to clean up after your pet at home daily
  • Always use gloves or poop bags when picking up poop and wash your hands after to prevent exposing your family to intestinal parasites.

How can you tell if your dog has worms?

It is important for dog owners to be on the lookout for symptoms of worms because, by the time your canine friend displays signs of infestation, he or she is usually already well along in the process.

Common symptoms of worms in dogs are:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Not eating
  • Pot-belly
  • Low-energy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea/chronic soft stools
  • Coughing
  • Dull coat
  • Hair loss with skin inflammation
  •  Scooting
  • Presence of worm segments (in bedding, near the rear end, stuck on fur)

Since these symptoms can indicate other illnesses so it is best to contact us to schedule an appointment if you observe any of these symptoms.

What are heartworms?

Heartworms are not intestinal parasites; they live in the heart and lung arteries and can be fatal. They are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and all dogs are at risk. Heartworms are completely preventable. They are treatable but it is very expensive, and heartworms will damage your dog’s health. All dogs should be on heartworm preventative all year long for life.

Scheduling an appointment is as easy as picking up a phone and calling (281) 351-8387 or sending us an inquiry through our website.

Creekside Animal Hospital is proud to be an active member of our community and to serve as your veterinarian in The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, Conroe, and surrounding areas.

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