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The most common intestinal parasites affecting dogs are tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. If you have young children you need to make sure your dog does not transfer these parasites to them, as roundworms and hookworms can be transmitted to humans, where they can migrate to other organs like the intestine, brain and even the eye causing blindness. Puppies are born with roundworms in their lungs and can pass the eggs in their feces from three weeks of age. If theses eggs are swallowed further infection occur as a result. Fleas transmit tapeworms by depositing the larvae in the dog's blood. Three months later you will find flat white tapeworm segments in your dog's stool. Whipworms are 2 inches long and no thicker than a thread. These worms are the leading cause of diarrhea and weight loss in dogs. Infection is via ingesting eggs in the soil, the worm attach to the wall of the large intestine and mature over the next 2 two three months. Symptoms to look for: *Young puppies born with roundworms often suffer from a cough, rough hair coat and a pot belly. Vomiting and diarrhea can also occur and the worms may stunt their growth. *The white segments of tapeworms that contain the eggs can be seen around the anal area. Tapeworms do not cause many symptoms although the dog may nibble at the anus if there is heavy infestation. *Sighs of whipworms are weight loss and diarrhea. What to do: *Check your dog's stools on a regular basis for worm infestations. *Picking up your dog's feces helps to prevent contamination of their environment, also make sure children do not play where dogs defecate. *Eradicate flies, fleas, poultry and bird dropping from your dog's surrounding area.

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