Since the weekend, Diego’s tummy has been “off”. Today while taking him out for his daily routine potty, mama noticed that his “business” looked completely different. She came back from their walk looking very concerned. She mentioned something about “yellow, mucous discharge from his bum.
Mama took a sample in to our vet’s office, to see if it is a bug that is doing nasty things to Diego’s tummy.
Tomorrow, Diego has an appointment with Dr. C to get to the root of his tummy issue.
Here is a link that talks http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Health-Center/Multi-Body-System-Disorders/Parasites.aspx
Types of Parasites that Affect Domestic Dogs
Canine parasites can be classified into those that live on the outside of a dog’s body (external parasites) and those that spend all or most of their time inside of their host (internal parasites).
The most common types of external parasites that affect companion dogs are:
- Fleas: Tiny, wingless, blood-sucking insects that are an annoyance to people and their pets
- Flies: Bothersome external parasites that cause irritation and disease in our pets
- Lice: Tiny, species-specific external parasites that live on the skin and hair coat of dogs
- Mites (Sarcoptic Mange; Demodectic Mange; Walking Dandruff; Ear Mites)
- Ticks: Arthropods, closely related to mites, scorpions and spiders
The most common types internal parasites that affect companion dogs are:
- Roundworms: Large, unsegmented internal parasites
- Whipworms: Common, bothersome intestinal parasites of domestic dogs
- Hookworms: Parasites of the gastrointestinal tract of dogs
- Threadworms: Tiny internal parasite that lives inside of a dog’s small intestine
- Heartworms: Particular internal parasites, Dirofilaria immitis
- Tapeworms: Parasites that live in the small intestines of their mammalian hosts
- Tracheal Worms: Parasites that infect the respiratory tracts of dogs, causing a localized reaction
- Coccidia: Internal parasites that most often live in the cells that line the gastrointestinal tract
- Giardia: Tiny, one-celled protozoal parasites found in the gastrointestinal tract of most domestic
- Salmon Flukes: Parasitic worms carried by certain types of fish
There are a number of things that owners of companion dogs can do to manage their pets’ health and well-being, and at the same time enhance the chance of determining whether they are infected by external or internal parasites. For example, a good grooming regimen is helpful on a number of levels. Not only does regular grooming keep a dog’s skin and coat healthy and clean, but it also gives the owner (or groomer) an opportunity to look for signs of external parasites. Evidence of parasites living on the outside of a dog’s body might include the actual “bugs,” if they are large enough to be seen without a microscope. It also might include other signs of the parasites, such as traces of their feces (so-called “flea dirt”), skin sores, areas of hair loss or dry, flaky, patchy areas of skin.
Owners can also check the consistency and contents of their dogs’ feces. Some parasites – especially those that live in the stomach or intestines – are expelled in the feces, either when they die or in larval form. For example, segments of tapeworms are often found in fecal matter. Some of these look like grains of rice. They also commonly become stuck to the hair around an infected dog’s anus.
Attentive owners usually are the first ones to notice signs of internal parasite infestation in their dogs. This can be something specific, such as loss of appetite or diarrhea, but more commonly the dog will just be “off.” This is sometimes called being “ADR,” which stands for “ain’t doing right.” If a dog acts lethargic or generally different than normal for more than a few days, a trip to the veterinarian is probably a good idea. Early detection and treatment of parasites are very important to a dog’s overall health, and often to the well-being of other animals living in the dog’s environment, as well.