Does My Dog Have Worms?

Worm infection is not an uncommon health issue for pets, and it’s very unpleasant for them. If not treated, these little beings can even cause death. Owners need to pay attention to the signs in order to help their dogs.

What are the most common symptoms?

The most common symptoms you can observe on your pooch are weight loss, dry hair, vomit, diarrhea, and general poor appearance.

What are the types of worms?

Hookworms

Their scientific names are  “Ancylostoma caninum” or “Ancylostoma braziliense.” These types of worms live in a dog’s intestine and ingest their blood, which can cause anemia. It’s more prevalent in dogs than in cats.

Tapeworm

A dog may get a tapeworm infection through oral injection (usually contaminated soil or feces), direct contact with the skin, in the uterus, and through milk from breastfeeding. If your dog has tapeworms, you’ll see rice-like tapeworm segments in their feces.

Heartworm

Believe it or not, heartworms are transmitted by an infected mosquito. They affect not only dogs, but also cats, foxes, and other mammals. These parasites can cause heart failure, coughing, fluid accumulation, severe lung disease, and even death.

Whipworm

It looks like a whip, and it is one of the well-known intestinal parasites in pets. Dogs with whipworms may experience bloody diarrhea and inflammation of the intestine.

Roundworm

Dogs can get roundworms from their mother, the environment or eating infected animals. Roundworms are more common in puppies than older dogs. Some symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, malnourishment, pot-bellied appearance, and coughing.

What you can do to help your pooch:

Sadly there is no completely effective treatment, but what you can do is worming your dog three to four times a week and paying a visit to the vet to treat the infection.

 

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