Dog Worms

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Dog worms are common, so it’s important that your veterinarian routinely test your dog for worms. Your vet will take a stool sample from your dog and look for worms under a microscope. Of course, if you see what you think are worms or worm pieces in your dog’s stool, take your dog to a veterinarian for treatment as soon as possible.

Here’s some information about worms and symptoms.

The most common worms are roundworms, which your dog can pick up from infected soil. Symptoms can include feces that look like spaghetti, vomiting, or diarrhea. Your vet can detect roundworms by examining your dog’s stool under a microscope and will treat her with one of the common worm treatments. Roundworms can be avoided by using a regular worm preventative.

Hookworms are intestinal parasites that can cause anemia by sucking blood. As a result, diarrhea, weakness, and weight loss can occur. Hookworms are easy for your dog to contract – they can move through footpads or the belly into the body from the soil or grass. Hookworms can also be ingested. If you notice dark or bloody diarrhea, your dog may have contracted hookworms. Other dogs have no symptoms at all. In both cases, deworming treatment is required for an extended period of time. Hookworms can be avoided by using a regular worm preventative.

Heartworms are one of the most well-known dog worms and can be easily prevented with a regular heartworm treatment. Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitoes and grow inside the heart until they completely block heart functions and lead to heart failure.

Coughing, weight loss, and fainting can be indicators of heartworms, so get to the vet if you notice one of those symptoms. Because the worms can cause respiratory problems, stop all exercise. Your vet will recommend a treatment based on the severity of the problems, which may include medication injections, aspirin, treatment for heart failure, and regular testing.

Tapeworms are another commonly contracted dog worm. They don’t cause any illness or pain, but your dog does pass them through feces. They can be worrisome to see in her waste, and tapeworms are hazardous to people. Although tapeworms don’t make your dog sick, you do want to treat your dog to remove tapeworms.

Updated: September 14, 2013 — 9:54 am

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