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Dog Parasites - The Best Practice To Manage Parasites In Your Dog


What are some intestinal parasites, and how do I get rid of them in my dog?

Intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. We also have tapeworms, and we see parasites that aren't actual worms. They're just one-cell parasites called Giardia and coccidia.

Dr. Jennifer Bochnowski
Lowell Animal Hospital

What are external parasites, and what can I do to prevent them?

External parasites are commonly fleas and ticks. We also see mites, which would be Demodex and Sarcoptic, and lice occasionally. Both the internal intestinal parasites and external parasites can be prevented with monthly preventatives that are given orally, and there are some topical products as well.

How soon should I bring my dog to the veterinarian if I suspect they may have parasites?

I would recommend bringing them in immediately. The sooner we can get ahold of some of these parasites and treat them, the better it will be for your pet.

How will a veterinarian diagnose parasites in my dog?

With the intestinal parasites, we will run a fecal float that'll detect the eggs that the intestinal worms are giving off. Some of the other parasites, like fleas and ticks, we can see visually. For the mite or mange, we would have to do a skin scrape to diagnose it.

Is ringworm a parasite?

Ringworm is not a parasite. A lot of people think that because the word worm is in the word that it's an actual worm, but it's a fungus.

Why is early detection and diagnosis of a parasite so important?

The earlier you can get your pet in and have things diagnosed, the better it will be for them in the long term before things get out of hand and get harder to treat.

If you still have other questions and you'd like to reach out to us, you can call us directly at (219) 247-0555, you can email us, or you can reach out on social media. But please do reach out, and we'll get back to you as fast as we can.

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