If you want to know the symptoms of both whipworms and hookworms in dogs and want an herbal dog dewormer, I'm your girl.
I absolutely hate to see people use commercial dog dewormers made of pesticides, so in my quest to assist others I have a wonderful plan. But first let's talk about these intestinal parasites.
Any and all parasites from tapeworms, pinworms, roundworms and even heartworms and fleas need the right environment in which to survive, feed, grow and flourish.
Hookworms in Dogs
The symptoms for hookworms appear in dog poop. If your dog has chronic black tar-like stools or foul smelling fluid diarrhea, pale gums and appears weak, should you get a fecal test done? Absolutely!
In the United States, hookworms are generally less common than tapeworms or roundworms in dogs. They are more common in the Southern states or in areas of crowded and unsanitary conditions. (Hey, I'm from the South! This sounds suspiciously biased.)
Hookworms are the most serious parasitic worms in dogs because they are bloodsuckers. A serious infestation of hookworms can cause anemia and severely bloody stools.
Symptoms of Whipworms in Dogs
Canine whipworms are more common and lucky for us, they have long periods of dormancy.
However, if your dog's immune system becomes weak for any reason, these parasites can come out of their dormancy. If your dog has persistent watery diarrhea, he may have an infestation of whipworms. Please have a fecal examination done for any watery diarrhea lasting more than a few days.
Since problems with hookworms and whipworms can be harder on the body than tapeworms and roundworms,
you may choose to use a commercial dewormer. Of course being a dog health nut, I wouldn't recommend it but if you choose it, please understand that is only step one.
Why? Because dead worms leave behind a lot of debris; not just in the intestinal tract but floating in the blood as well. If your dog has a worm infestation and you don't give him something to clean out his system, the congested intestines will still be a perfect breeding ground for more parasitic worms.
Also, if you think about it, that congestion will make it harder to properly digest food and can further deplete his state of health.
One of my favorite herbal supplements to help protect against whipworms and hookworms in dogs may surprise you.
It's fresh organic garlic. Here are the general guidelines for garlic. If using garlic concerns you, please read click over to my page called Garlic for Dogs.
While garlic is a wonderful cure-all to me, overdosing can cause anemia so stay within the above guidelines on a regular basis and your dog will be fine.
All that said, garlic alone is not enough to kill intestinal worms or protect against them.
The best dog dewormer and prevention of all canine parasites has it's own page because I have a few other pages on dog worms and Mother Google demotes websites with duplicate information.
So I'll meet you over at my page called Dog Dewormer. I think teh detailed information will make sense to you. And of course I'm happy to assist you with dosage guidelines, or any questions you may have once you've read the information.