Worm Advice

Whipworm

What do they look like and where do they live?

  • Whipworms have a thick head end and a characteristic whip-like tail
  • The adults live in the large intestine and in the UK they only affect dogs
  • Whipworms embed their head end into the intestine, they damage the lining and feed on blood and tissue fluid

How can my pet contract whipworm?

  • Dogs become infected by eating eggs in the environment, that have been passed in the poo of infected dogs

How will this parasite affect my pet?

  • High burdens can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea
  • Infections may also cause anaemia and reduced growth in young dogs

Can this parasite affect my health?

  • There have been some instances where this parasite has affected humans, however this is extremely rare