Most puppies are actually born with worms obtained from breast milk, while other dog worms are obtained from fleas or the environment. If your puppy or dog has worms then there is nothing to worry – your veterinarian can help with treatment. If done quickly, your dog’s health doesn’t need to be compromised at all.
Types of Worms in Dogs.
There are many types of worms your dog could have, but some are more common than others. They tend to have different symptoms. So watch out for something particularly unusual – especially in your dog’s feces – if they are worms.
We’ve compiled a list of some common types of dog worms, how they can contract, and how they can appear.
- Puppies are infected with roundworms (Toxocara spp. And Toxascaris spp.) From breast milk.
- For this reason, it is important to dewormer expectant and nursing mothers with a safe, veterinarily approved product.
- Dogs can also become infected from eating contaminated rodents or soil.
- Roundworms in dogs can be identified as spaghetti-like shapes in the feces or, in severe cases, as vomit.
- Dogs can become infected with tapeworms (Taenia spp., Echinococcus spp., Dipylidium spp.) From fleas or infected carcasses (such as rodents, sheep, or rabbits).
- Tapeworm segments in dogs can be seen in your dog’s feces or on the floor and look like grains of rice.
Hookworms and whipworms
- These worms in dogs are not common in the UK and are more of a problem abroad.
- They can be transmitted through breast milk or just through the environment.
- This worm (Angiostrongylus vasorum) is slightly different; It lives in the dog’s blood vessels and affects its lungs.
- Dogs can ingest this worm by eating slugs and slugs.
- This dog worm (Dirofilaria immitis) is not seen in the UK, but it can be a problem if your dog is accompanying you to an affected area on vacation.
- Preventive treatment is important when you go on vacation together!
- Dogs are infected by mosquitoes.
Symptoms of worms in dogs
It is not always easy to spot worms. So don’t worry if you go wrong. If you are unsure about worms in your dog or you don’t know what type it is, your vet will be happy to examine your dog to see if there is a problem. Regular veterinarian exams give your veterinarian a chance to identify potential dog health problems and resolve them before they become serious. In any case, your veterinarian should be consulted before attempting to formulate any treatment yourself, just in case there is a different problem.
So you know what to look out for. The signs of dog worms include:
- Dog worms in your pet’s feces, vomiting, or on the floor
- Weakness and depression
- Diarrhea or vomiting
- Weight loss despite a good appetite
- An unusually swollen stomach
- Severe vomiting, loss of appetite, and depression can all result from a large amount of stress that leads to blockage of the intestines (which is usually the case in puppies).
- Coughing and bleeding problems, among several other signs, can indicate a lungworm
Treatment and prevention of worms in dogs
If your puppy is from a reputable breeder or rescue center, your puppy should already be worm free as it will have been dewormed before it even got home with you. Keep the worm treatment records safe and ask your veterinarian how to continue the program. If you follow up on your pet’s worm treatment and keep checking for symptoms, the risk of getting sick from worms will decrease significantly.
It’s Not Just Puppies To Watch Out For: Adult Dogs Need To Be Dewormed As Well, As They May Take Something With Them From Their Adventures! Ask your veterinarian to provide a worm and more information about the symptoms of worms in dogs. They can also tell you how often your dog would benefit from worming so you can set up a routine.
Sometimes if your dog has worms, your veterinarian will ask for a stool sample. This will allow the vet to look for signs of worm eggs under a microscope.
If your dog comes to you abroad through the PETS program, certain worm protocols are mandatory. Check this out before you go! Check with your veterinarian about these logs well in advance of travel plans so you know you are sorted for the trip.
Dog Worms and Humans.
Sometimes dog worms can be transmitted to humans or spread from dog to dog through feces. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to dispose of stools when your dog goes to the bathroom outside. This will help prevent re-infestation and also protect its playmates.
While tempting to them, try not to let your dog eat snails and slugs. Infections in humans are rare, but for safety reasons always use appropriate hygiene measures, e.g. B. To ensure that children wash their hands after playing with your pet. Check out our article to learn more about your pet’s health and how it affects you.
All in all, worms in dogs are generally not a cause for concern – as long as you catch them and treat them in a timely manner, your dog will be as happy as ever!
There are a number of other parasites to watch out for, including mites and ticks. For more information on treating ticks and other parasites, check out our easy-to-follow guide.