Overview of Whipworms in Dogs
Whipworms are a common parasite in dogs. Scientifically, whipworms are known as Trichuris vulpis. A nematode that feed on blood, they are found in the intestinal tract of dogs and other wild canids. The worms attach to and feed on the canine intestinal wall, often causing watery and sometimes bloody diarrhea.
The most common victims of whipworms are dogs and other canids such as foxes and coyotes. The parasites are transferred through direct contact with an infected animal or the ingestion of an embryonated egg in contaminated feces or soil.
Transmission to humans is very rare and whipworms are not considered zoonotic (contagious between people and animals). Proper hand washing techniques is always advised for anyone that has or thinks they may have come into contact with an infected pet.
What to Look For in Your Dog
Veterinary Care For Canine Whipworms
Care from your personal veterinarian should be sought out for diagnostic testing and treatment. Home care is not advised.
Diagnosis of Canine Whipworms
You will not be able to see whipworms in your pet’s stool with the naked eye. Bringing a small fecal sample into your veterinarian and having them perform a zinc sulfate fecal float is the best means of diagnosis.
Treatment of Canine Whipworms
There are many whipworm treatments including one or more of the following medications:
Some treatments may be chosen over others based on concurrent parasite infections.
Home Care for Dogs with Whipworms
There are many things you can do at home to keep your dog protected from whipworms:
I hope this article helps you know more about the diagnosis and treatment of whipworm (Trichuris vulpis) in dogs.