Knowing how to treat and prevent whipworm is extremely important for your dog's health.
Unfortunately, these parasites can and will reinfect your dog if conditions are right for their survival.
Regular veterinarian check-ups including a fecal exam is a good idea, but do keep in mind that these exams are not always 100% accurate, as these parasites can be hard to detect.
If any of your dogs have been diagnosed with these in the past, you may want to consider routine dewormings, but ask your vet as to how often this should be done.
Many over-the-counter wormers do not contain the needed medicine for this parasite. You need to specifically look for one that states that it kills whipworms.
Safe-Guard is one product that does work effectively, but it may need to be mail ordered, depending on where you live.
I have used this product and was pleased with the results. However, I do not use it on a routine basis.
It is a 3-day wormer that is based on your Golden Retriever’s weight. It is powder and needs to either be mixed into your dog’s food, or put in a snack.
Due to the size of Golden Retrievers, there is quite a bit of powder.
When I use Safe-Guard, I wet pieces of bread and then spread the wormer on it to feed to my dogs. The water just helps the powder to stay in place better.
You can also mix it in with a bit of raw hamburger.
Panacur C is another wormer that is effective and it also can be purchased without a prescription.
Interceptor, which is a monthly heartworm preventative, and Drontal Plus will also kill this parasite, but a prescription is needed for either of those.
Since the eggs of the whipworm can survive for years, it is extremely important to keep all fecal matter picked up, thereby giving less chance of the eggs maturing and starting their life cycle all over again.
If possible, have your dog in cement runs as those can easily be cleaned off, thus reducing the risk of re-infection.
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