What are Flatworms?

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Flatworms are worms that attach themselves to the liver, lungs or small intestines of your dog. They vary in size and create a strong attachment to the inners of your dog using small hooks and suckers. Thankfully, these little pesky buggers can be treated easily and are relatively harmless as long as they are taken care of quickly. How do dogs come in contact with flatworms? If you’re like me, the minute your dog starts sniffing feces (so kindly left lying on the sidewalk by their owners), you tug the leash and say something like, “No, that’s gross, don’t do that!” Although the behavior is part of their genes, sniffing other dogs’ feces - besides totally grossing out us human dog owners - can actually be dangerous to your dog’s health. Flatworms can be contracted through contact with feces by smelling, touching, eating, licking…well, no need to get into the unappetizing details - you get the idea. Dogs that enjoy playing in and around ponds or lakes are also susceptible to flatworms. ... more
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