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Trichuris Vulpis: This Intestine-Infesting Parasite is a Serious Issue for Dogs Worldwide

parasitic worms in dogsThe whipworm, Trichuris vulpis, is a parasite that invades the cecum and colon of dogs.

In milder infections, the worms are restricted to the cecum, but as the number of worms increases, they also invade the colon. In very serious cases, worms can cover most of the wall of the large bowel, from beginning to end (cecum to rectum).

There are often no symptoms of the presence of whipworms, but a heavy infestation can cause intermittent bloody diarrhea with mucus.

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  • Clinician’s Brief June 27, 2011