Stolley Park
Veterinary Hospital

3020 W. Stolley Park Road  Grand Island, Nebraska  68801  
Phone:  308-384-6272   Fax:  308-384-0984

August Newsletter

Worms (The Final Part)

Summer is almost over! As school is beginning and we all wrap up our eventful (and hopefully fun) summer season, here on our website we will finish our 4 part series on intestinal parasites. This is one of the most important topics in veterinary medicine, so we hope we have provided you with some useful information.

Why is this important to you?

#1 Intestinal parasites can make your pet sick. It is estimated that 1/3 of our dog populations have worms. That is a lot of worm eggs being distributed in the soil, just waiting to get inside your pet.

#2 Some intestinal parasites can infect people. Not only you, but also your children are at risk.

#3 Illness due to worm infestation is easy to manage with a monthly dewormer and regular feces removal from the environment. Prevention truly is the best treatment.

Whipworms
(image from veterinary partner.com)

The whipworm, although not as famous as the other intestinal parasites, it can be one of the most debilitating. It embeds itself in the large intestine (colon) and can cause bloody diarrhea and weight loss.

The whipworm is much smaller compared to other parasites. It gets its name because its head is skinnier than the tail giving it a whip appearance. Pets usually become infected by the ingestion of contaminated soil (soil filled with whipworm eggs) during normal grooming.

Uniquely, male whipworms lay eggs all the time but females only lay eggs periodically. These worms have a slower reproductive cycle and can be treated by occasional dewormings. This parasite is not readily transmitted to humans. Although they are not mentioned on the label of some heartworm preventatives, these dewormers are effective in killing adult whipworms.