Parasites? Yuck! What are they and how to get rid of them

A parasite is anything that lives off another animal or creature and gets its nutrients at the expense of the host it's living on or inside. Usually they are found inside the host's body, but can also appear on the outside. As a new puppy parent this may be one of the most frequent questions that come up. We have a very complete worming schedule for all the puppies that are born here. We take parasite extremely seriously and take every precaution against them. Our standard poodles are wormed starting at birth and we treat for both common and uncommon parasites. We will send all our standard poodle puppies home with the worming schedule we use and a negative fecal exam from our vet (health certifcate). It is important that YOU as the buyer and new puppy parent continue with this on a monthly basis to ensure your pet stays healthy. We have put together a list of parasites and other bugs that are common in puppies and adult dogs to help you with your pups worming schedule. Remember, if your puppy shows signs of any of these please contact your vet right away. While many parasite can be treated easily with over the counter products it is always best to consult your vet as to what is best to use and dosage information. 

HOOKWORMS

A parasitic nematode worm that inhabits the intestines of humans and other animals. It has hooklike mouthparts with which it attaches itself to the wall of the gut, puncturing the blood vessels and feeding on the blood.

 

Symptoms: 

Hookworms, especially A. caninum can cause severe disease. By feeding on the blood of the host, hookworms can rapidly cause anemia. The mucous membranes e.g., gums, will appear pale, the animal will become weak, and sometimes black, tarry stools can be seen. There may be vomiting and diarrhea. Growth in young animals is stunted, and the hair coat may appear dull and dry. In severe infestations, animals may cough or develop pneumonia as the larvae migrate through the lungs. Animals may become emaciated and eventually die from the infection.

~Can be transmitted to humans. 

~We treat with Safegaurd.

~Your puppy will have been treated 3 times for this parasite before going home with you. 

ROUNDWORMS

Roundworms are the most common of the parasitic worms found inside a dog. Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives, usually as puppies. Roundworms may be contracted in different ways, making them easy to spread and hard to control.

 

Symptoms:

Adult roundworms live in the affected dog's intestines. Many dogs do not have signs of infection; however, dogs with major roundworm infections, especially puppies, show diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, dull hair, and a potbellied appearance. The dog may cough if the roundworms move into the lungs.

You may notice the adult roundworms in your dog's feces or vomit. They will appear white or light brown in color and may be several inches long.

~Can be transmitted to humans. 

~We treat with Safegaurd.

~Your puppy will have been treated 3 times for this parasite before going home with you. 

TAPEWORMS

There are different kinds of tapeworms, but the most common one is caused by swallowing a tiny infected flea. Fleas can carry the tapeworm’s larvae or babies. If your dog swallows it -- maybe while grooming himself -- an adult tapeworm can grow inside your dog's intestines.

Tapeworms are flat, white worms that are made up of tiny segments. Each part is about the size of a grain of rice. Tapeworms attach themselves to the walls of your dog's gut using hook-like suckers. Then they start to feed and grow.

 

Symptoms:

A tapeworm can grow from 4 to 28 inches long. Chances are you won’t see the adult worm. As it grows, though, some of its segments fall off and pass through your dog's poop. You may see these tiny parts crawling near your dog's backside or on his bedding. You may also see them moving around in his poop.

Sometimes, these segments die and dry out. Then they’re hard, yellow specks that can stick to the fur around your dog's bottom.

Because they’re irritating, some dogs will scoot, dragging their bottoms across the floor, or lick their behinds a lot.

If those tapeworm segments make their way inside your dog's stomach, they can make your dog throw up. Then you may actually see a worm (maybe 5 to 8 inches long) in your dog's vomit.

If your dog has a heavy tapeworm infection, he may lose weight, even though he is eating normally.

Fleas, Ticks & Mites

These are the most common and in my opinion the hardest to control. Fleas, ticks and mites are virtually everywhere. To control these is to control a lot of the other parasites out there. A lot of over the counter products have some effectiveness, however we have only found one product so far that works great for our dogs and can even be used on pregnant and nursing dogs. 

 

Bravecto is what Parisian Poodles uses on all the adult dogs. It's given once every three months and controls all fleas, ticks and mites. 

 

This can only be given to you from your vet. There is a lot of controversy surrounding oral flea, ticks and mite medications so it's best to consult a trusted vet on what is best for you and your puppy. 

 

For a more organic option to treat your yard you can look into using D.E. It is safe for you and your pets and works great when used the right way. 

 

Click here for more information on the uses of D.E. 

 

~Can be transmitted to humans. 

~We treat with Safegaurd and praziquantel.

~Your puppy will have been treated 3 times for this parasite before going home with you. 

~Flea control is a MUST to avoid this parasite. 

HEARTWORMS

These deadly parasites take hold of your pet fast and can kill even faster. Living inside the heart muscle of your dog it is a parasite that MUST be treated by your vet. Prevention is extremely easy and should be done monthly. A monthly heartowm pill can be given to your dog and you can purchase them at your vet. 

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