Symptoms for worms in your dog

Published: 29th June 2011
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It’s a dog’s life, not a care in the world, eating whatever you want, rolling around in things that smell bad, the things that make being a dog fun. Then one day, you notice unwanted visitors tagging along for the ride. One such undesirable visitor can be worms.

Thankfully, you can detect worms early which keeps them from getting worse. This will make life easier for your dog.

Some of the symptoms for dogs that may have worms:

* Rubbing or scratching of the rear on the ground or against furniture – if your dog has signs of itchiness in the rear section, it may be troubled by worms in the area. Or they could be having issues with glands in these areas unrelated to worms.

* Diarrhea, especially if it has blood in it.

* Worms or eggs in the dog’s feces – Yes, this is the most widespread way to check if your dog has worms. Remember, though, that not all types of worms are visible by the naked eye.

* Vomiting, possibly even with observable worms.

* Loss of appetite

* Dehydration, possibly leading to increased drinking and urination

* Dull coat

* Visible worms in fur or area around the rear – Tapeworms may appear as small moving segments in these areas, which later can dry out.

* Weakness, increased hunger, loss of weight – If your dog has worms, they are stealing your dogs nourishment. Your dog may eating but still be weak or constantly hungry, and even could be losing weight.

* Swollen belly – This is a common symptom in puppies that had worms transmitted from their mother.

How dogs get worms:

Heartworms from mosquito bites.
Tapeworms often from swallowing infected fleas.
Hookworms from ingesting the eggs or larvae. Could be transmitted from inside the womb of an infected mother. If the larvae is in water, drinking it can result in hookworm contamination.
Roundworms can infect a fetus inside the mother’s womb. Ingesting contaminated animals can also result in roundworms.
Whipworms infectivity occurs from consuming tainted water or food.

To prevent worm symptoms in dogs:
Have your puppy tested early on, as early as 3 weeks after they’re born. They could already be infected with worms and need to be treated.
Take your dog in for an annual exam and have a stool specimen taken. Precautionary products are out there that protect your dog against roundworms and heartworms.
Keep your dog free of fleas. Fleas can spread tapeworms if your dog ingests them.
Keep your dog away from wild animals or other possible sources of parasites.
Prevent your dog from eating deceased animals. Carcasses can carry worms.
Protect your dog from consuming feces. This is the most widespread way a dog gets intestinal parasites.

If your dog has signs they could have worms, please visit your vet to find out what could be wrong. Providing your dog with the best treatment can avoid later issues.

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