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