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Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis)

These intestinal worms live in the large intestine. A mild infection will not deprive its host of as many nutrients as other types of worms so rarely cause problems or any symptoms. However, the infected animal can still spread the parasite. As the infection increases, symptoms are likely to become more apparent.

What are the symptoms of whipworms?

As the infection increases your pet may start to show the following signs: –

  • Bloody diarrhoea
  • Dehydration
  • Anaemia
  • Weight loss
  • Licking stomach
  • Lethargy

How do dogs get whipworms?

Like other intestinal worms, dogs contract whipworms by ingesting contaminated food, water or soil. Infection can also occur by your dog simply licking his paws, as whipworm eggs can live in the environment from just a few months to year due to their resistance to both high temperatures and freezing.

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