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Dog Worms
Sep 10th, 2010 at 2:43am
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Dog worms are divided in to Round and Tapeworms.

Roundworms

Classic roundworm is caused by Toxacara and related species, the microscopic larval stage of these worms crosses the placenta from the bitch, pups are often born infected but can also become infected from the bitches milk and the environment.

Whipworm is a parasite that can be picked up from grooming or digging, microscopic whipworm eggs are very tough and may survive for 5 years after being shed.

Hookworm can be a problem in humid conditions. The life cycle involves microscopic larvae burrowing up through the dogs feet and migrating to the intestine. Hookworm sucks blood and can multiply rapidly in warm wet areas where there is faecal contamination like around kennels. Good cleaning up of dog faeces around kennels and regular worming are important.

Tapeworms

Flea tapeworm is caught by a dog ingesting an infected flea while grooming. Mature tapeworms in the dog shed segments that look like a grain of rice, these segments contain thousands of eggs which can infect any fleas in the area. Good flea control and tapeworming can prevent infection.

Hydatid tapeworm is one of the best known tapeworms of dogs. Its rare in NZ now. The adult tapeworm inside an infected dog sheds eggs which are ingested from pasture by a grazing animal like a sheep. The infected sheep develops fluid filled cysts in liver or lungs, dogs get infected by eating a cyst. Humans can also be infected and develop life threatening cysts in liver or lungs. The key to New Zealand's good control of hydatids is not feeding raw offal (especially sheep) and regular dog dosing.

Sheep Measles has an intermediate stage as a small cyst in the muscle of sheep - this is not so much a human health hazard as a cause of carcass downgrade or rejection at the works and an economic issue. Sheep measles is controlled by regular tapeworm dosing and cooking or freezing meat fed to dogs.

Wormers
Usually the chemicals which kill round and tapeworms are different, so we end up having "roundwormers" "tapewormers" or products which can do both in NZ are called "allwormers".

Some rules of thumb for worming dogs:
Worm pups every 2 weeks for their first 3 months at least , even every week if there has been a worm problem. use a round wormer or all wormer.
Adult dogs should be wormed every 3 months with an all wormer.
Farm dogs or hunting dogs which visit sheep properties should not be fed offal, should have meat cooked or frozen and should be tapewormed preferably monthly. Every 3 months give them an all wormer. Prevent dogs from scavenging on farm.
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Re: Dog Worms
Reply #1 - Sep 10th, 2010 at 2:53am
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My dogs due for worming then.....Good info cheers Smiley
  

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Reply #2 - Sep 10th, 2010 at 2:55am
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no worries  Smiley
  
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Reply #3 - Sep 17th, 2010 at 8:40pm
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I worm every 6 months and it costs a bit. I get my pills from a vet. What is the most cost effective way to regularly worm 5-6 dogs? I have heard that the stuff in the super market is shit, Whats your opinion?
  
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Reply #4 - Sep 17th, 2010 at 11:39pm
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Id tend to agree- the best wormers in my experience are Drontal and Endogard all wormers, they cost a few dollars more but do a good job.
Buying a bottle or packet of them may lower the cost a little.
  
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Reply #5 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 9:53pm
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Is it bad to worm more often than every 3 months? My dog comes to work with me and is often on several different farms a week, so I've always wormed every 6-8 weeks...is it worth it?
  
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Reply #6 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:29pm
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Its hard to overworm, dosing even every 4-6 weeks with a tapewormer is recommended if you are working between sheep properties.
The active ingredients in the most commonly used wormers like Drontal and Endogard have a very good safety margin. I always dose slightly high rather than low.
Ive wormed some dogs every day for several days when treating severe hookworm before with no ill effects.
  
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Reply #7 - Sep 19th, 2010 at 11:40pm
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Good to know. Thanks mate.
  
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Reply #8 - Mar 26th, 2011 at 6:15am
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Hi got an English Bull Terrier who was diagnosed with ringworn two weeks ago and put on Griseofulvin tablets and Nizoral cream. The original patch on her chest has cleared up but it now seems to be spreading to her legs. Thought after 2 weeks on meds it should be clearing not spreading. Any advise on where to go next? Is there anything beter? Read about Dermasil do you know if it's any good or available in NZ?
  
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Reply #9 - Mar 26th, 2011 at 7:32am
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Ringworm is the most badly named condition ever probably - its actually a fungal infection as you probably know.
Griseofulvin and nizoral are the two most commonly used tablets to use to treat ringworm, usually one drug at a time rather than both at once.
Ringworm takes weeks to get better but should respond well, it would be unusual not to.
I havnt used dermasil to treat ringworm, Im not sure that it would help if the two powerful antifungals didnt.

How old is your bully, how was the ringworm diagnosed? Its also worth skin scraping for mange mites to make sure its not a different condition.
Skin scrape, fungal culture and biopsy can all help with accurate diagnosis if pennies will stretch.


  
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Reply #10 - Mar 26th, 2011 at 8:09am
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She's two years old and also has skin/allergy problems. The vet took a skin scrape and hairs which they sent off to the lab which is when the ringworm was diagnosed. We have Malaseb shampoo which she has for her previous condition and I use on her stomach and feet every week. Would it be a good idea to shampoo her with this a couple of times a week as an additional measue or not? We also have a 14 year old huntaway who I check over regularly and has no signs of the condition.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 26th, 2011 at 9:12am
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Malaseb shouldnt hurt for a while at twice weekly - its alround antiseptic and mildly antifungal, long term it might dry the coat at twice weekly, but it might help for a few weeks if the pills alone dont seem to be doing the trick.

The allergy makes life a bit more complicated - steroids are the most common treatment for that but that could worsen the ringworm.
If the skin problem isnt going to plan its possible to get input from vet skin specialists - skin things can be quite complex.
  
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Reply #12 - Mar 29th, 2011 at 8:03pm
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awesome thanks for that  Smiley
  
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Reply #13 - Dec 21st, 2014 at 2:00am
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I've just got a 7mth old ridge back, mastiff, lab dog.. a rescued pup.. and a week in he's started eating grass and avoiding food, just found a roundworm in his turd... he's booked in to see the vet- I've given him a small dose of DE diatomacous earth, shaken in a bottle and down the guzzler? Until we get to the vet tomorrow. Is there anything else we could do to help him out.. his stomach making some loud noises and stink ones

Whats the danger to us?
  
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Reply #14 - Dec 21st, 2014 at 5:52am
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go to the supermarket and buy a worming pill.

you may not get a drontal tab but they do have stuff that is just as good....
  

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