Intestinal Worms

The symptoms of roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and hookworms are all similar, and include a rough, dry coat, dull eyes, a generally unsound appearance, weakness, weight loss despite an enormous appetite, coughing, vomiting,

Vaccines

What vaccines dogs need and how often they need them has been a subject of controversy for several years. Researchers, health care professionals, vaccine manufacturers, and dog owners do not always agree on which vaccines each dog needs or how often booster shots must be given.

In 2003, the American Animal Hospital Association released vaccination guidelines and recommendations that have helped dog owners and veterinarians sort through much of the controversy and conflicting information. The guidelines designate four vaccines as core, or essential, because of the serious nature of the diseases and their widespread distribution. These are canine distemper virus, canine parvovirus, canine adenovirus-2, and rabies. The general recommendations for their use (except rabies, for which you must follow local laws) are:

• Vaccinate puppies at 6-8 weeks, 9-11 weeks, and 12-14 weeks.

• Give a booster shot when the dog is 1 year old.

diarrhea, and sometimes bloody stools. But don't wait for symptoms to show up; few dogs have all of the symptoms, and some dogs lose their appetite entirely when infested with worms. Other dogs show no symptoms at all until they become seriously anemic from a heavy infestation. Have your veterinarian check your dog's stool at least twice a year, then give your dog the prescribed medication exactly as instructed.

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