Monday, February 28, 2011

Types of Dog Worms

There are different kinds of dog worms that puppies can acquire. Puppies that did not undergo deworming vaccine are more prone to worm infestation. Just like my Oreo. He was not able to have his deworm vaccine at an early age. It is also advisable to screen your puppy from worm infestation every now and then.

Here's a common general symptoms of a puppy having a worm infestation:

  •  Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Weight loss
  • Big eater without putting on weight
  • Anemia (whitish gums)
  • Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail
  • Mild to severe coughing
  • Feels warm (high temperature)
Here's the types of worms commonly seen on puppies:
1. Roundworms (Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina)

This is the most common type of dog worm. Puppies can acquire these through their mothers milk or they may be born with. They can also acquire this by ingestion of an infected animal (such as a rodent) or infected soil. Eggs of round worms can live in the soil for many years. If this are ingested by your puppym, it will grow to adulthood in your puppies stomach. Roundworms has a spaghetti-like appearance and can grow until 7 inches. These worms can be seen in our dogs feces or vomit.

Common symptoms of dogs with round worms:
      • Vomitting
      • Diarrhea
      • Scooting
      • Dull coat
      • Pot-belly appearance (especially in puppies)
      • Weight loss
      • Cough
2. Hookworms (Ancylostoma caninium)

Same as roundworms, hookworms harbors in the intestine and can be transmitted to humans.Hookworms is very small that can't be seen by the naked eye. It can only be diagnosed by a vet. This worms hook themselves inside the intestine of the dog with their sharp teeth, and can cause intestinal bleeding.

Common symptoms of dogs with hookworms:
      • Bloody stools
      • Pale gums
      • Anemia
      • Weight loss
      • Diarrhe
      • Low energy level
3. Tapeworms (Dipylidium caninum)

Tapeworms got its name from its appearance: Long, flat, tape-like appearance. Like the roundworm, tapeworms can be seen by the naked eye. It can often be seen in the dogs stool. 

Common symptoms of dogs with tapeworms:
      • Abdominal pain
      • nervousness
      • Severe itching around the anus
      • Weight loss
      • Vomitting

4.Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis)

Whipworms lives in the dogs colon. It is long, thin (whip-shaped) dog worms that can't be seen in a naked eye. They attached themselves to intestinal walls and feed themselves which can cause intestinal bleeding. This worm is the most difficult to eliminate among all the dog worms.
Common symptoms of dogs with a Whipworms:
      • Anemia
      • Weight loss
      • Flatulence
      • Diarrhea with blood or mucus in the stool
      • Low energy level
5. Heartworms (Dirofilaria immitis)

Heartworms is highly preventable, but if left untreated, it can cause fatal damages to dogs. This worms are spread by mosquitoes during the warm month, were mosquitoes are most active. This worm can cause congestive heart failure and death to dog by destroying the muscle and tissue of the heart.

Common symptoms of dogs with a Heartworms:
      • Pot-belly
      • Coughing
      • Lack of energy
      • Dull coat
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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Day 2: Low Energy Level

I'm sorry if I was not able to update you on Oreo's hospitalization. Things at our home just went crazy.

So we went back to the clinic to visit Oreo. I was expecting him to be very excited to see me, but I guess his just too weak to do so. The thought of seeing him on his best shape just vanished in a second. It is not as what I have expected. I got a little consolation though, he wiggle his tail when he see me. Its enough to make me happy.

I was with Claire, my little sister when we visit Oreo. She's like Oreo's second owner. She just love him so much. We spend almost an hour in the clinic cuddling Oreo. When we decided to go home, the doctor told us that we might bring him home the next day if his condition gets better. I was happy to hear that news.
Here's some picture of that day...

He started to eat his food

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Day 1 in the Clinic...

Oreo was not feeling well this past few days. He stop eating, and if he does eat, he just vomit it out. His weight started to drop. Because I was so worried, I called a vet and ask about his condition. She ask me to do a couple of things to insure how dehydrated he was. Unfortunately, he was very dehydrated. The Vet advised me take Oreo to the clinic the next day.

On our way to the clinic, Oreo was so steady at his sit. He even have the time to nap. When we arrived there, the Veterinarian immediately accommodate us. She took Oreo from me and do their Initial assessment. I found out that Oreo had a fever from his temperature results. The doctor also perform some microscopic exam on his stool and found out that he has a worm. They even gave me a chance to look over the microscope and have a look at the worm's egg.

The Doctor explain to me, that it was the worms living inside his body that cause his loss of appetite and vomiting. She then advise me to let Oreo be admitted in the clinic for the mean time, until he regains his strengths and starts to eat. I really wanted Oreo to get well so I decided to leave him there for a while.

The doctors put up an IV line for Oreo to aid in his dehydrated status. They also told me that they will give him some Iron supplement to help build up some blood in his system, because he was so anemic. They said that they will deworm Oreo starting with little dose. They're afraid that if they will give him a larger dose of deworming medication, Oreo's body might not be strong enough to take it and might cause his death. 

They even put some mouth guard to prevent him from eating his IV line. He was so weak. If only I can take out all his illness and transfer it to myself. I will really do it. I really love him and I don't want to loss him. Although I was so worried about Oreo, I was also happy knowing how pessimistic the doctor was regarding his status. I hope he start regaining his strengths. We really want him to get well, so that we can take him home. The house is really empty without him. No one to follow me around and bark those cats from our neighbors. We plan to visit him tomorrow in the clinic. I'll just keep you posted on his status.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Celebrity Idol with their dogs

Here's a sneak pick to some of my celebrity idols with their very pretty dogs.

1. Jessica Alba and dog Syd

2. Ashley Judd and dog Buttermilk

3. Oprah Winfrey and dog Sophie and Solomon

4. Sandra Bullock and dog poppy
5. Jennifer Anniston and dog Norman

6. Blake Lively

7. Ashley Tisdale

8. Orlando Bloom

9. Kristen Dunst

10 Leighton Meester

11. Lauren Conrad

12. Justin Timberlake

13. Rihanna and dog Oliver

14. Hayden Panettiere

15. Paris Hilton

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