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Dog Owner's Education: Deworming
05-07-2013, 04:34 AM,
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Dog Owner's Education: Deworming
Don't forget to deworm your dogs every three months. I just recently dewormed my dogs because of intestinal worms. One of them exhibited symptoms on worm presence and the other had poop with blood.

Some bloody discharges can be caused by intestinal parasites. Other times it can be due to the parvo virus or cancers or tumors. What's important is, before your dog ends up with intussusception, we should try to prevent the causes that we can control... this includes deworming them regularly and annual vaccinations.

Viral caused enteritis such as parvo or distemper can make a dog's intestines "telescope". This is often caused by one part of the intestine moving faster or slower than the other. Although this often resolves itself, others require surgery. I hope this short bit of information has helped.
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01-27-2014, 01:02 AM,
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RE: Dog Owner's Education: Deworming
Deworming 101: Debunking

Intussusceptions are most commonly associated with some problem that causes inflammation of the intestine (enteritis). Common causes of enteritis are:

*intestinal parasites (hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms)
* protozoal, bacterial or viral infections (Giardia, Salmonella, canine distemper, and parvovirus)
* intestinal foreign bodies (bones, plastic toys, etc.)
* abrupt dietary changes
* intestinal masses (tumors)
* a surgical procedure performed on the intestine

Parasitic caused "Intussusceptions" are found in VERY young dogs..puppies actually. This is not a common condition.

Gastoenteritis is caused by inflammation in the intestines which then usually directly related to yet another cause. Parvo again is another disease that occurs primarily in puppies and unvaccinated dogs.

It is more likely that your dog will die of Parvo than suffer from Intussusception.

Intussusception is not common unless dogs are not cared for. It is far more common in dogs that have never been wormed, never had vaccines and have never had veterinary care.

Deworming every 3 months is far too often. Vets recommend deworming from either every 6 months or every 12 months. I recommend twice a year.

There is no correlation between distemper and intussusception. The dog would die before you saw any symptoms. Not even related at all.

Haopee's article is poorly written, really and very much misunderstood.

Go to your vet. Get your baby dewormed and the recommended vaccines.
Vaccinate every year. Get a fecal exam checking for intestinal parasites and worms every 6 months. Keep your pups away from strange and adult dogs and dog parks, common grounds, etc., until a full 45 days after their last set of vaccinations. The intestines of your pup are not going to fold in on themselves because your dogs has worms. Get the dog dewormed. Distemper kills, so that's a non issue and misunderstood by haopee. Parvo, that's a whole other issue. It does so much damage to a dog that intussusception is another non issue. As a professional, worms, parvo and distemper give us no reason to worry about intussusception. A very large mass would give us cause to worry, along with vomiting and diarrhea.
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