How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Worms?

Signs To Look Out For To Tell You That Your Dog Has Worms

  • Worms or egg sacs that may be seen in the dog’s faeces are the most reliable indicator that your pet is infected with worms. The best time to look for these indicators is right after your dog has finished defecating. It makes no difference whether it is dead or still living. On the other hand, the naked eye is unable to detect all species of worms that may be present in faeces. This does not imply that they are not present simply because you are unable to detect their presence.
  • Worms that may be seen moving around in your dog’s hair or congregating in the area surrounding his or her rear end are a warning flag. In particular, tapeworms will appear to the naked eye as a series of minute moving segments; after they have dried out, they will take on the appearance of dry grains of rice.
  • Scratching and rubbing the bum on the ground or against furniture or anything they can find – if your dog shows signs of itchiness around the bum area, it may be irritated by worms in the area. However, this could also be due to problems with full anal glands which are totally unrelated to worms. If you are not sure, treat for both.
  • Vomiting with visible worms – if your dog has worms, you may also see them in your dog’s vomit. Worms will induce vomit and make your dog very sick.
  • Bloated stomach or belly – This is another common symptom of worms, often seen in puppies who receive an infection of worms from their mother. Your puppy may look cute and fat but are actually taken over by worms.
  • Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, weight loss – If your dog has worms, the worms are pinching your dog’s nutrition. If you notice that you are feeding your dog correctly and the correct amounts and they still constantly look for food and look weak and hungry, or are even losing weight you can more than likely suspect a worm infestation.

Diarrhea, principally with blood in it.

Why Your Dog Might Have Worms

  • Newly born puppies – roundworm eggs can form cysts in adult dogs that remain undeveloped. These eggs cant be removed by medication and you will have to wait until the cyst develops. When a female dog is pregnant, these inactive eggs will activate and get goin and infect the new puppies. Roundworms will also be passed to newborn puppies through their mother’s milk.
  • Contact with infected dirt – roundworm eggs and hookworm larvae can reside in dirt. If you dog comes in contact with infected dirt, your dog may get worms.
  • Fleas – young tapeworms can reside in fleas. If your dog groom him or herself and by accident swallow any fleas or flea eggs, your dog will ingest tapeworms and be infected this way.
  • Hunting or eating wildlife – wild animals may carry worms, including tapeworms residing in fleas on wild animals. If your dog is a keen hunter or like to eat wildlife, your dog may also swallow worms.
  • Treatment:

A good all rounder worm tablet once every three months for adult dogs.

Puppies need to be wormed from 2 weeks every two weeks until three months of age.

From three months of age every month until they reach six months.

Pups under 3 months should get special puppy wormer.

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