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Vet Talk: Parasites in dogs

By Ana Roxanda Godoy

Parasites in domestic dogs are either external or internal. Some parasites are just annoying; others may be harmful. Some cause symptoms; others are symptom-free.

Types: Examples of external parasites are fleas, flies, lice, mites, and ticks. The most common internal parasites are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, threadworms, heartworms, tapeworms, tracheal worms, coccidian, and giardia.

Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment: Dog owners can observe signs of external parasites such as seeing the insects themselves, noticing skin sores or irritation, hair loss, dirty ears, and flaky patches of skin. Diseases caused by external parasites must be vet diagnosed. Internal parasites are often visible in a dog’s feces in addition to the accompanying physical symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, perhaps with blood, weight loss, dry hair, general poor appearance, and vomiting. Worm eggs can be dormant in the dog’s body, activated only in times of stress or pregnancy. A veterinarian must perform appropriate tests to diagnose the existence of and type of worms. Early diagnosis is vital.

Prevention: Use monthly external applications of a product such as Frontline Plus to control certain external parasites. Medicinal baths may be necessary for some parasites, best provided under your vet’s supervision. Remove feces promptly from your backyard. Use the correct de-wormer under veterinary supervision and have the dog’s feces checked frequently in persistent cases.

Visit the SPA, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm, Los Pinos 7, phone 152-6124, or stop by the Jardin on Thursdays from 11am-1pm to meet some of our available pets. See for biographies, pictures, and videos of all our cats and dogs (click on Facebook Doggie Album link). Follow us on Facebook – Volunteer!

Dr. Ana Roxanda Godoy is the SPA vet.


Consulta veterinaria:Parásitos en los perros

Por Ana Roxanda Godoy

Los parásitos en el perro se pueden clasificar en externos e internos dependiendo donde habitan, pueden ser muy molestos o en algunos casos no causar molestia ni síntomas.

Tipos de parásitos y síntomas: Chupadores de sangre como moscas, pulgas, garrapatas ácaros, que a su vez irritan la piel de hospedero. Entre los más comunes encontramos gusano redondo, g. de gancho, g. planos, g. del corazón, de la tráquea, giardia y la coccidia que es un parásito unicelular. Estos pueden causar dolor abdominal, irritación y resequedad de la piel, pérdida de peso y hasta la muerte.

DX. y TX: Observar pelaje y comportamiento de nuestras mascotas, peso, actitud. Consultar y aplicar productos indicados por el veterinario, prevenir con desparasitantes adecuados. Lo anterior nos ayuda a evitar problemas graves en nuestros queridos amigos.

Ana Roxanda Godoy is la doctora especialista que atiende en el SPA.


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