- Jessica J. Wilcock, DVM,
- Talent Dobermans, USA
1. What is the life cycle of Whipworms?
The dog ingests soil that has whipworm eggs in it (i.e.. where a previous dog has pooped that has whipworms), the larvae hatch and establish themselves in the cecum, a part of the intestine after the small intestine and before the large intestine/colon. There is no intermediate host.
2. What do they do?
Cause inflammation at the area where they attach, frequently causing bloody, mucousy diarrhea.
- 3. What is the cheapest treatment (if you do multiple dogs)?
- 4. Does it take Multiple wormings?
- More than likely. The eggs can survive for 4-5 years in the soil.
- 5. Can pregnant bitches be wormed?
- I don’t usually recommend worming pregnant bitches. However, pregnant bitches can be given Interceptor.
- 6. Do pups subjected to an ‘area’ where a dog has been diagnosed with it get wormed? Is puppy worming ok?
- I would check a fecal sample first, but puppies can be wormed with Panacur. I can’t remember how old they have to be before they can get Interceptor. I think it’s eight weeks.
- 7. Is there any way to rid soil of eggs/worm reinfestation?
- Other than moving or scorching the place- it’s *very* difficult. Interceptor works well though!
8. Now seriously, if a pregnant bitch has whips, will the worms cross placenta into pups?
- I’m honestly not sure on this one – I would guess not, but if she has them, it’s likely that the pups will pick them up too.
- 9. If pups get whips from the soil and are treated, how do you prevent reinfestation ,if you are unable to move then to “perceived” clear soil?
- Keep them on Interceptor.
- 10. When wormed do you see Whip worms expelled in feces? If not, Why do we see some worm types expelled that way, and not others?
- I doubt it- whip worms are very small, fine thread-like worms. Round worms and tape worms are the most frequently seen passed in the stool due to their size (large).
Note: There are apparently really only three ways to eliminate whip worms…
1. Give your dogs a preventative such as Interceptor and let nature take its course – i.e. in one end and out the other
2. dig up 8 inches of your top soil and replace it or
3. use copper sulphate and kill everything in your yard