Whipworm lifecycle in dogs

Learn about the different stages of the whipworm lifecycle in dogs.


A dog-only worm

Whipworm only affects dogs. Many whipworm infections in dogs don’t have obvious clinical signs, but you might notice signs such as bloody diarrhea and mucus in stools.1

The whipworm lifecycle

It can take around 8 weeks from the time of ingesting whipworm eggs to the time it starts to affect your dog’s health.

whipworm lifecycle

  • 1

    Adult whipworms lay eggs in the dog’s large intestine.

  • 2

    Eggs are passed in the dog’s stools 74-90 days after infection.

  • 3

    Eggs contaminate the soil and embryonate, becoming infective within 9-21 days.

  • 4

    Embryonated eggs are ingested by the dog through contaminated soil.

  • 5

    Eggs penetrate the intestinal wall and develop for 2-10 days.

  • 6

    The eggs then move to the cecum where they mature into adults.

Learn about the different stages of the whipworm lifecycle in dogs.


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