Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and tapeworms are the four worm parasites that infect canines. Parasites are transmitted through dog feces, so keeping your dog away from places where other dogs may have pooped is one way of preventing an infection of this kind. Keeping your dog’s environment clean is absolutely essential. Although you might enjoy walking your dog, giving up trips to the park would also prevent parasitic infections.
The heartworm presents the highest risk to a dog and is transmitted through mosquitoes that inject larva into the dog and it is then circulated to the heart. Here, the parasite feeds on cardiac tissue and multiplies at a high rate. It is possible for roundworms inhabiting the intestines, such as Toxocare to infect humans as well, giving rise to blindness and epilepsy.
When it comes to treatment, there are a plethora of options including Drontal, a wormer for dogs that also gets rid of tapeworms. A broad spectrum drug that attacks most worms is Drontal Plus, which combines the treatment power of three drugs. Advantage Multi is topical treatment that can be applied to dogs for keeping heartworms away.
Panacur C is a worm remover that may be added to food for convenience while Revolution is a potent drug that protects against fleas and heartworms. Revolution has the advantage of combating both internal and external infections from parasites. Cestex fights tapeworms and can be taken as a tablet. HomeoPet WRM Clear is a homeopathic medicine in liquid form and offers fast action for the removal of Hook, Tape and Roundworms.