Have you ever asked yourself “why does my dog act up every so often and heartworms come out in my poop” and if so you are not alone. Most dog owners have probably been wondering this same thing for a long time and if you are like most dog owners, you are probably sick and tired of asking yourself these questions over again. Heartworm and flea bite prevention is important to you, yet you have no idea why your dog acts up or why he or she has heartworm or even how to prevent it from happening in the first place.
Your dog is a parasite. Parasites exist in dogs, just like they do in people. There heartworms live in the dog’s body under the right conditions. The heartworms are parasites that live under the dog’s skin and heart. This is why heartworm symptoms are so severe in dogs. Dogs can not Dodge these parasites, the only way to avoid heartworm and other parasites is to avoid having them.
It is estimated that over twenty five million dogs have heartworms in America alone. The majority of these heartworms are imported from Asia. They are most common in young, healthy dogs. When a dog is infected with heartworms, they become weak, have an abnormally long and hardy sphincter, and heart problems can develop. There is no cure for heartworms, but you can help your dog by avoiding one possible cause of heartworm.
Parasites are not the only reason that dogs can get heartworms. They are also sometimes passed along from one dog to another as fleas. Fleas are parasites too and heartworms are only one reason that fleas get to your dog. Heartworms are very common in dogs and can be avoided by taking several simple steps.
Make sure your dog has a yearly heartworm exam and heartworm medication before you bring him home or leave him outside. Get your dog into the habit of getting up at least twice a day for short walks, which will make him less apt to lie around the house doing nothing. Make sure your dog has a high level of exercise every day as well. Your dog can develop heartworm if he stays out all night, especially if he is unsupervised. It is important to know the exact location of any potential heartworm infestation so that you can take action as soon as possible. Some dogs will be more likely to develop heartworms than others and if you have an unplanned visit to the vet, it is advisable to let your veterinarian know this so that they can prescribe extra heartworm medication for your dog.
Did you know that fleas can also carry heartworm? Your dog’s environment plays a vital role in how fast he develops heartworm disease. If he lives in a dirty area or a dirty patch of ground, his chances of developing heartworms are increased. The more active your dog is, the more likely he is to get dirty and stay outdoors. He would be much better off spending his time playing with his friends outside instead of laying around the house doing nothing productive.
Did you know that your dog may have worms even if you do not see any signs of them? Most dogs carry heartworm, but there are some breeds that are particularly susceptible because they have a shallow breathing tube which makes it easier for them to get the blood circulating to their heart. If this is the case with your dog, they could easily get heartworm disease without you ever knowing about it. Some dogs are born with heartworms while still in their mother’s wombs. They can then inherit the trait and get sick often without your knowledge.
If you find that your dog is constantly feeling sick, then visit your vet right away. It could be something serious that he is carrying and you want to prevent it from progressing into something worse than it is already. The more you know about your dog’s health, the better decision you will make when it comes to treatment. So the next time you ask “how do heartworms come out in poop?”