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Whipworms are small worms that are approximately 0.25 inches in length. They live in the cecum and colon and can cause discomfort. Their eggs live in the feces and can remain active for up to 5 years. Whipworms live in moist soil and tend to be picked up while your pet is playing in the grass or dirt. If the eggs are swallowed they migrate to the lower intestine where it takes 1 to 3 months to mature. A whipworm can live up to 15 months.
The symptomes of whipworms can include:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Weight loss
The diagnosis for whipworms is to inspect a stool sample with a microscope. It is difficult to diagnose whipworm because the worms do not release many eggs, as a result, several stool samples may be necessary.
Treatments are very effective and are usually spread out over several months because the eggs can be active for up to 5 years.
Whipworms are not transmittable to humans.