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Cestodiasis is the medical term for infestation. Tapeworms typically settle in the small intestine of dogs, puppies, and other pets. The tapeworm species can include Taenia, Dipylidium Caninum, Echinococcus, and Mesocestoides. Treatment to destroy tapeworms is critical to avoid transmission to humans (typically children) and to avert damage to the dog's body. With prompt treatment, is positive.
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“There is no one probiotic supplement that is best for every dog and every health condition,” says Dr. Jennifer Coates, Veterinary Advisor for petMD. Most veterinarians carry a number of different products from trusted manufacturers and will try several before concluding that probiotics aren’t going to be helpful in a particular case. Dr. Coates reports that the following probiotic strains have some scientific evidence to support their safety and in dogs:It’s also important to consider the dangers of sun exposure, as this can be as much a risk to your dog as to you. Dogs are susceptible to sunburn, especially in the area where hair is sparsest. Dr. Jennifer Coates, veterinary advisor for petMD, warns that “dogs who have very thin coats or who have been recently shaved are also at higher than average risk of sunburn, and extended sun exposure can even cause skin tumors and other health issues.”