Worms can be a common issue among dogs. They like to eat things they’re not supposed to, roll around in things they’re not supposed to, and in general, be a dog. Unfortunately, many of these things can attract unwanted visitors like worms into your dog’s life. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it also can infect your dog with some unpleasant ailments. It’s important to detect worms early with dogs. This keeps it from getting worse, reducing the discomfort your dog experiences.
Symptoms for dogs with worms include:
* Appetite loss
* Dull coat
* Visible worms in dog’s feces – Although common, not all kinds of worms are visible to the naked eye.
* Worms in fur, or area around rear – Tapeworms may appear small and moving, and later dry out to look like grains of rice.
* Scooting rear on the ground or against furniture – if your dog has an itchy rear, it may be from worms in the area. However, this could also be due to problems with glands, not worms.
* Vomiting with visible worms.
* Bloated stomach – This is often seen in puppies who get worms from their mother.
* Nutrition issues – Weakness, increased appetite, constantly hungry, weight loss – If your dog has worms, the worms are stealing your dogs nutrition. This causes your dog to be weak or constantly hungry, and possibly even to lose weight.
* Diarrhea, especially having blood in it.
Symptoms for dogs with worms can get worse if treatment by a vet is not made right away.
How a dog gets worms:
Heartworms often from mosquito bites.
Tapeworm infection can be from ingestion of fleas.
Hookworm infection can be from ingestion of the eggs or larvae, such as in drinking water with a hookworm infection.
Roundworms and hookworms can infect the fetus while inside the womb. Ingestion of infected animals can also cause round worms.
Whipworms can occur from contaminated water or food.
- Get puppies tested as early as three weeks after they’re born. They may already be infested and need treatment.
- Take your dog for a yearly exam and have a stool sample checked. Preventive products exists that protect against certain types of worms.
- Control fleas. Fleas can transmit tapeworms if your dog eats them.
- Keep your dog away from wild animals. Unmaintained dog parks are a common source of parasites.
- Prevent your dog from eating animal carcasses, these can carry worms.
- Prevent your dog from eating feces to prevent intestinal parasites.