The symptoms your dog may exhibit depend upon the kind of worm your dog has

The symptoms your dog may exhibit depend upon the kind of worm your dog has.

Generally there are five major worm types: hookworms, whipworms, heartworms, roundworms and tapeworms. All of these can cause minor to major health problems and must be treated – or preferably prevented before they occur.

The most common type of worm infestation in dogs is roundworm. This parasite is very often passed to puppies from their mothers either before birth or in her breast milk while she is still nursing the puppies. This intestinal worm can also be passed to humans. In dogs, the worm will cause weight loss and a potbellied appearance. Left untreated these worms multiply at an alarming rate that can cause an obstruction in the dogs’ intestinal tract and lead to death if left untreated. It is recommended that you treat your animals with a regular schedule of de-wormer as a preventative, starting when they are weaned. There are commercial as well as natural treatment options available. The de-wormer will also kill off the newly formed roundworms if the puppy has already been infected.

Hookworms are similar to round worms in that they are an intestinal parasite. The hookworm however is smaller and feeds on blood from the intestinal wall. Since their diet is blood, the hookworm can cause anemia and occasionally death in dogs. There are few symptoms of hookworm and they will not be visible in stool or vomit. To determine an infestation, you must see your vet who will do a stool analysis. Although this is another parasite that can be passed to humans it will not cause the same problems in humans as in canines. In humans, the worm cannot penetrate much deeper than just under the skin, this causes an itchy rash with a worm like appearance.

The tapeworm is so named due to its appearance. It is flat and long and looks like a piece of tape. The tapeworm is spread to dogs by the ingestion of an infected flea. For instance, the flea feeds off of an infected animal and picks up the tapeworm egg. Your dog eats the flea while grooming itself. dog worms symptoms of the tapeworm include nervousness, itching, particularly around the anus, weight loss, abdominal pain and vomiting. Get your dog to the vet if any of these symptoms appear.

Whipworms live in your pooch’s colon and cannot be seen by the naked eye. They feed off of your dog’s intestinal wall and cause many ailments. dog worms symptoms of the whipworm include diarrhea which contains blood or mucous, flatulence, weight loss and anemia. The whipworm is the hardest worm to get rid of but both pharmaceutical and natural treatments are available. Our dog, Lucy, not only had parvovirus but was infected with whipworms, too. An oral medication was given to her.

The heartworm is the most serious dog worm. It is passed through the mosquito. If you want your pooch to be heartworm free, you must seek prevention. People who should worry about this will live in warm, damp climates and will have a heavy mosquito population. If your dog becomes infected, there are a few treatment options available. Most of them amount to giving your canine limited doses of arsenic which can kill your pet. The heartworm will make its haven in the heart and its arteries causing it to enlarge and eventually fail. dog worms symptoms of the heartworm include coughing, weight loss and a potbellied appearance. No matter what kind of worm you may be dealing with, seek natural advice or that of your vet. Be proactive for better canine health.

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