What are these?
Tapeworms are flat worms with segments across the body. The head usually has suckers or muscular grooves that enable the tapeworm to attach itself to the animal’s intestine. An adult tapeworm living inside a Boxer dog
can be as large as 20 inches ( 50 cm ) long. The tapeworm stays alive by sucking nutrients from the dog through it's skin.
How does a Boxer dog get tapeworms?
A dog can get tapeworms by swallowing a flea. Fleas can contain tapeworm eggs. In rare cases, a Boxer that gains access to a rodent or lizard may get tapeworms from these animals also.
How do I know if my Dog has tapeworms?
You will know that your Boxer dog has tapeworms when you see dried segments of the tapeworm around the dog's anus. These will be about as small as a grain of rice. Because this parasite causes irritation, your Boxer dog may shuffle his rear across the ground. Full worms may actually be present in the dog's bowel movement; these worms can actually be seen moving.
How do I Prevent This?
A puppy should have a feces analysis performed by a veterinarian at the age of 20 days. This is done because a Boxer puppy
can be born with tapeworms. If found, the dog should be de-wormed, which is done with medication given by a veterinarian. After that, vaccinations, which begin at the age of 6 weeks, will help prevent this.
What is the Treatment?
If you suspect that your dog has tapeworms, you veterinarian will most likely want to examine a stool sample. Once confirmed, this is very treatable with medication.
What are these?
Hookworms are a nasty little worm! This parasite hooks onto a dog's intestine with its sharp teeth and then it pokes a hole in a blood vessel. It will then begin to suck blood from the dog. If a Boxer dog was infested with 300 hookworms, the dog would lose 5 to 10% of his blood supply each day. For this reason, hookworms can be fatal if not treated.
How does a Boxer dog get hookworms?
There are 3 ways that a dog may get hookworms. A puppy may be born with them, a puppy may get them when drinking mom's milk or a Boxer dog may swallow a hookworm larva. These microscopic larva can be found on anything from blades of grass to infected dog food dishes.
How do I know if my Boxer dog has hookworms?
Once infected, the symptoms will be clear:
- The dog will lose his or her appetite, eating much less food
or not at all
- Pale colored mucous membranes may appear in the dog's mouth
- Weakness, emaciation and slowed growth due to lack of appetite
- Diarrhea - often very black or bloody
How do I prevent this?
Preventing hookworms is done via several methods. Good hygiene is very important. The dog's feces should not be left in the yard outside. Having human family members wash their hands often is helpful as well as keeping your Boxer dog well groomed and clean. Because hookworms can travel from one dog, to an environment and then on to another dog, it is best to keep away from unclean dog parks.
In addition, if you ever feed your dog homemade food, be sure that the meat is cooked well. When cleaning your home, using bleach on hard surface floors can kill hookworm larvae. The most important prevention is to have your Boxer receive regular checkups and bring your dog to the veterinarian at the first signs of any symptoms.
What is the treatment for a Boxer dog with Hookworms?
Thankfully, despite the havoc that hookworms can play inside a dog's body, mediation can quickly get rids of these worms.