Unfortunately, there are no effective treatments to get rid of whipworms in soil. The best thing you can do for your pet to prevent reinfestation is to discard all toys, dog bones, blankets, bedding, etc. If your dog is tied out or kenneled, you should move your pets space to another area. If you cannot do this, you must administer a low level wormer once a day, such as Filaribits. Filaribits also kills roundworm and hookworm.
You should also avoid quick fixes such as over-the-counter wormers. They just don’t work. After ridding your home and the dog’s play area of infested toys, bones, and bedding, you should talk to your vet about Fenbendazole, the active ingredient in Panacur. Fenbendazole is typically administered once a day for three days. This should protect your pet from any larvae that might be lingering around in the soil. Bleach or any other common household cleaners will not kill whipworm larvae or eggs. These parasites are very resistant to disinfectants and even harsh environments. You can try consulting with an exterminator, but he might run into the same problem while attempting to eliminate whipworm eggs from the soil.
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Most people want to hear that they can just go online and find the most effective treatments for whipworm at a low cost. Unfortunately, cutting corners when it comes to treating whipworm is downright dangerous. Caring for a dog with worms should only be done only under the care of a vet. As stated earlier, most over-the-counter medications, home remedies, and disinfectants don’t work. A professional veterinarian will have access to a number of cutting edge medications and preventatives that are extremely effective against whipworm and other aggressive types of parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, and heartworm.
These medications and preventatives are not available without a prescription. If you do find prescription dog worm medications that are available without a prescription, beware. Mainly because: how do you know exactly which ones to give to your dog? How much? For how long? How can you test your dog for worms? How can you tell if an infection has completely cleared? Again, please see your vet for the sake of your pet.
Other Important Ways to Prevent Dog Worms
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One of the most important ways to prevent a serious whipworm infection is to have your pet screened for worms twice per year. If your dog is considered high-risk for worms, you should have him screened more than twice a year. High-risk dogs typically live in condensed urban areas and they usually live in a home with more than one pet. Show pets and hunting dogs are also considered high-risk.
In addition to preventative measures, it’s also a good idea to keep your dog clean and well groomed. You should also dispose of dog feces immediately. Never leave it in piles around your yard, dog run, etc. If you notice any of the symptoms of dog worms listed below, please contact your vet immediately.
One of the most obvious symptoms of whipworm is bloody diarrhea or large bowel inflammation. Other symptoms include dehydration, anemia, fecal incontinence, and weight loss.