In this article we present methods on how to know if your dog has parasites.
Parasites are everywhere (bacteria, viruses, etc.) and it feeds on the substances that a living being of different species makes, living inside or on its surface.
Most of them cause serious damage (disease, illness) since they live at the expense of other organisms.
All of us, including our dogs, are in contact with millions of parasites that may or may not harm us.
Bacteria Does Not Always Equal A Harmful Parasite
The digestive systems of both dogs and humans are always living in harmony with millions of bacteria.
Microscopic users who, believe it or not, fulfill a very important function (to create the intestinal flora.) However, between all that coexistence of bacteria there must be a balance, if it is broken, the increase in the population of bacteria wreaks havoc on the digestive system.
How to Help Your Dog Maintain Intestinal Balance?
- Provide him with a good diet: Give him food as natural as possible, this way you will be promoting a strong intestinal flora, and you will prevent synthetic or processed foods from affecting or wearing out the digestive system Remember to add prebiotics / probiotics to strengthen the intestinal flora.
- Have good hygiene habits inside the house: Clean, without toxic substances, where your dog stays most of the day (for example, his bed), wash his personal belongings.
- Comply with the deworming program: According to their weight and age, administer the relevant dewormer.
- Do not allow him to eat things from the street, garbage, or the ground in general: Spoiled food and feces are red lights, you should avoid at all costs that your dog licks or eat waste in the street or at home.
- And if your dog has the habit of eating poop, help him to avoid it as soon as possible.
With the previous points you will be helping your dog not suffer from the terrible “side effects” that parasites carry with them.
It is important to know how to recognize if your dog suffers from parasites. The signs of these unpleasant hosts are very specific, so they are easy to identify. With the following test you can evaluate if there is the presence of parasites in your dog.
How to Know If Your Dog Has Parasites – Signal Test
- Weight loss in a few days (parasites feed on what your dog eats)
- Diarrhea that persists for more than 24/48 hours – Chronic diarrhea – Sometimes accompanied by vomiting.
- Insistently licking, biting, or scratching their butt on the ground many times a day.
- Presence of larvae, eggs, worms in the stool or directly in the anus of the dog.
- Large, pale, very watery stools.
- Oily, greasy, and excessively falling coat (including tufts).
- Significant increase in appetite.
If you ticked more than one of the signs from number 1 to 7, run to the veterinarian to check your puppy and make the appropriate analysis to determine the presence of parasites.
Names of the most common parasites that a dog can present and that pose a health risk:
- Nematodes (roundworms)
- Flatworms (cestodes)
Now that you have learnt how to know if your dog has parasites, make sure you take the proper preventive measures and remedy as outlined.