Whipworms

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Whipworms:  Worm

Common in:  Dogs. 

Diagnosis: Microscopic fecal exam.

Treatment: Oral medication or injection, given at 3-week intervals, depending on the severity of the infection; hospitalization for treatment of dehydration, malnutrition, and infection.

Possible Symptoms: None; severe watery diarrhea; vomiting; marked weight loss.

Possible Transmission: Ingestion of Whipworm eggs; infected feces contaminating the yard.  

Lifestyle Prevention: Isolate your pet from infected feces of other animals.  

Zoonotic Transmission: Unlikely.