WHIPWORMS ARE common in dogs and found throughout the United States

dogs were referred to a local veterinarian for treatment of canine whipworm.
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Whipworm treatment consists of an oral liquid dewormer. This dewormer is usually given for 3 consecutive days. This is repeated in three weeks and again in three months. It is often advisable to continue this three day course of treatment every three months to prevent reinfection if your pet will remain in the same environment. Treating your pet’s environment is equally as important as treating your pet since whipworm eggs can survive for several years in the environment. Thoroughly cleaning all surfaces in your home as well as picking up all feces outside will help to minimize the possibility for reinfection. If your dog continue to be exposed to whipworm eggs in the environment reinfection can occur within 10-60 days. Fecal samples should be checked at least annually in dogs with a history of whipworm infections.
Before examining whipworm treatment options, it's necessary to understand how dogs contract whipworms to better control parasite infections.
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The most common intestinal parasites to affect our canine companions include hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms. While the veterinary treatments available will kill the adult parasites in your pooch's system, they won't affect the pests' eggs in the environment. The tiny eggs pass through a dog's feces, where they infect the soil as the feces decomposes. Your pup can pass millions of these eggs in his feces each day. The parasite eggs can survive for years in the soil and hatch into larvae. If you or your pup ingests them, they can infect you both. Some larval pests, like hookworms, can burrow through skin to cause a rash in humans or infect a pooch. Whipworm Treatment For Dogs‎
Photo provided by FlickrSep 13, 2016 - Your veterinarian can diagnose your dog for whipworms with a fecal sample and will prescribe a treatment plan suitable to your dog's needs.
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Given these findings, the patient was subsequently questioned about exposure to dogs. She has five dogs, three of which roam outside. The patient was treated with mebendazole (Vermox; Janssen; 100 mg p.o. twice a day) for 4 days. Three weeks later, the frequency of the diarrhea was reduced to two to three times per day and the nausea was much improved, allowing her to discontinue the prochlorperazine maleate. The patient continues to do well from a gastrointestinal standpoint. Follow-up stool exams have been negative for T. vulpis, and all of the patient's dogs were referred to a local veterinarian for treatment of canine whipworm.Under no circumstances should a canine worming medication be used on cats. There is no approved treatment for whipworms in cats, but the feline version of a medicine approved in dogs may work; both milbemycin or praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate should be effective in treating the whipworms and are available in tablets suitable for cats. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVMTo identify a case of pinworms or whipworms a doctor or veterinarian will examine a fecal sample under a microscope to check for eggs. They are usually readily visible in the case of pinworms, but it may take several examinations to find whipworm eggs. This is because only a few eggs are shed at a time and they may not be present in every fecal sample, even if a dog has whipworms. Both humans and dogs are treated with worming medications to kill the worms. Several doses spread out over a period of days or weeks may be necessary to eliminate all of the worms. A dog may need regular preventive treatments for whipworms, since the eggs can survive for so long without a host.

Pseudo-Addison's (Pseudoaddison's) disease:
Dogs with canine whipworm infestation can sometimes develop a condition called Pseudo-Addison's disease. The conditionis so-named because animals affected with it will develop symptoms and blood-test results that closely mimic those ofthe endocrine disease: (the medical term for Addison's Disease is ).

These animals will usually tend to show the above symptoms of colitis (with or without vomiting) and will often develop suchsevere dehydration and marked imbalances in their blood electrolytes - potassium and sodium (the potassium will be high andthe sodium will be low) - that they will present to the vet clinic collapsed and in a severe state of shock (signs of shock include: low blood pressure, low oxygenation of the tissues, pale gums, cold extremities, low body temperature).

Without urgent veterinary treatment, these animals may die from shock or from associated complicationslike heart arrhythmias (a critically low heart rate caused by high potassium levels), renal failure and sepsis.

Author's note: Once the patient has been stabilized and is no longer in shock, a simple fecal float is often enoughto diagnose the dog whipworm infestation (which is the 'preferred' diagnosis - whipworm disease is far easierto treat and cure than true Addison's Disease, which is often a costly, lifelong condition).