How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Worms?
Dogs usually aren’t too worried about consequences. They love to eat things they shouldn’t, roll around in things they shouldn’t, and in general, act like a dog. Unfortunately, many of these things can bring on unwanted visitors like worms into your dog’s world. Fortunately, if you detect worms and treat for them early it helps to prevent them from getting worse.
Symptoms for dogs that may have worms:
- Coat no longer shiny
- Not hungry
- Can’t get enough to drink
- You see worms or eggs in your dog’s poop – (This is, arguably, the most common way to confirm worms). Remember though, not all kinds of worms are visible to the naked eye.
- Visible worms in the area around dog’s rear – Tapeworms can appear as small moving segments, and later dry out to look like grains of rice.
- Rubbing the rear on the ground or against furniture – if your dog has an itch in its rear, it could be from worms (However, this could also be issues not related to worms).
- Vomiting, possibly even with visible worms.
- Bloated stomach or belly – (This can sometimes occur in puppies who receive worms from their mother).
- Weakness, constant hunger, weight loss – Worms can steal the nutrition your dog should be getting from it’s food. This can cause your dog to be weak or constantly hungry, and in some cases, may be losing weight.
- Diarrhea, especially if it contains blood.
Symptoms for dogs that have worms can usually be treated and should be addressed right away for best results. consult your vet for diagnosis and advice.
To prevent worm symptoms for dogs:
- Get puppies tested early. As soon as three weeks after birth. They may already be infested and will need to be treated right away.
- Get your dog examined yearly and have a poop specimen checked. Several products exists that protect against roundworms and heartworms.
- Keep fleas away.
- Where possible, keep your dog away from wildlife. Dog parks that are not well maintained are a common source of parasites.
- Prevent your dog from eating poop. Yes, this should be obvious, but it is a common way for a dog to obtain intestinal parasites.
If symptoms in your dog may indicate worms, consult your vet for diagnosis and advice on treatment.
(Modified Pet Article – Based On Source: Courtesy of http://pet-articles.blogspot.com)