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Whipworm Transmission From Dogs Can Affect Humans

Whipworm transmission from dogs can affect humans and is one of the varieties of roundworms, is often confused with roundworms, and can have similar severe health affects. In dogs, as well as humans, if allowed to go untreated, the health affects could be quite severe.

In fact, these vicious little parasites will actually live off of the tissues of the host victims, which are generally dogs, but it can also be humans. Whipworms do affect cats, but this is quite rare.

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Whipworm transmission from dogs can affect humans and is one of the varieties of roundworms, is often confused with roundworms, and can have similar severe health affects. In dogs, as well as humans, if allowed to go untreated, the health affects could be quite severe.

In fact, these vicious little parasites will actually live off of the tissues of the host victims, which are generally dogs, but it can also be humans. Whipworms do affect cats, but this is quite rare.

So what exactly are whipworms, what damages can they do, and how can you protect your dog, your child, or yourself from these parasites.

What they are:

Whipworms are a type of an intestinal parasite, and, as the name implies, resemble a whip in appearance, even though they are rarely seen. They have long slender bodies and a section of one of there ends will actually resemble the handle of a whip. 

Whipworms are most always found in warm weather climates, although they can also infect several areas in the country in the summer months when it is very hot and humid. Very dry condition does slow them down, but they can lay in wait in the moist soil below the dry heat for years.

Possible infections and problems:

A few whipworms will not affect or pose any real problems for their host, generally dogs, but if they hatch and spread quickly, the health implications could be quite severe. Infection of these parasites in dogs could lead to a tremendous inflammation in their large intestines, which could cause very serious digestive issues, and if severe enough, lead to anemia very quickly.

The infection from whipworm transmission will begin in the host by the ingestion of the eggs. Whipworm eggs are extremely resistant and much like roundworm eggs can live in moist soil for years.

There is no effective way to kill whipworm eggs, as they are immune to freezing, pesticides, or worm treatments, just like with roundworms. The only effective way to rid them from contaminated soil is to completely replace the soil, sand,  gravel, or even pavement they are have infested, they are that wicked.

Once they have been introduced to the host, the eggs will very quickly settle in the small intestine until they hatch. But once they hatch, they bore their way directly and furiously into the large intestine. One end, however, remains in the small intestine, where they continue to mate with other worms. Thus the cycle of hatching, burrowing, and mating really starts to grow.

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