Parasites 101

Like most people, you probably consider your dog a member of the family. But do you know your loving pet could pose a health risk for all? Learning about canine parasites will not only help you protect your dog, but also yourself, your family and your environment – especially since some of the intestinal parasites that infect dogs can also infect humans through what is known as zoonosis.

You can do your part to protect your dog by following
3 simple steps:

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KNOW THE ENEMY

The first line of defense against parasites is to understand the enemies
that threaten your pet’s health. The 4 major parasites seen in dogs in North America include: roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms and whipworms. While symptoms vary depending upon the specific parasite, health problems can range from diarrhea, vomiting, anemia, and dehydration to itching, stunted growth, rough coats, weight loss, and even death in extreme cases.

ROUNDWORMS

Roundworms are the most common intestinal parasites found in dogs – and especially in young puppies, that are often infected at birth, or soon thereafter.

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HOOKWORMS

Also common in North America, multiple infestation sources, consumes dog’s blood causing anemia and other symptoms.

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TAENIA TAPEWORMS

More common in outdoor dogs since source is infected rabbits or rodents, hard to diagnose.

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WHIPWORMS

Growing concern in recent years, can cause mucoid diarrhea.

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DID YOU KNOW?

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Fiea and tick treatments help prevent infections from the parasites they carry. But Taenia pisiformis Tapeworm is carried by rabbits and rodents, the prey of many outdoor dogs.

ASSESS THE RISK

THE MORE HE’S OUTSIDE, THE GREATER HIS RISK OF INFECTION
Sources of parasite infections are more likely to be found outdoors. While they vary depending upon the specific parasite, the most common sources include: soil, feces, rabbits and rodents; hookworms can even enter through the pads of the feet. Indoor dogs are at a lower risk for parasite infections.

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INDOOR DOGS
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OUTDOOR DOGS
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FARM AND HUNTING DOGS

SAFE-GUARD® YOUR DOG

Safe-guard products

You can treat more worms, less often, with proven safety. Safe-Guard® Canine Dewormer is the only over-the-counter dewormer that treats the 4 major intestinal parasites, is usually given just twice a year, and is safe for any dog over 6 weeks of age.

Why Safe-Guard?