Know the Worms that Can Harm Your Dog
There are five types of dog worms that can make your dog sick -- or worse. Knowing the warning signs and how these critters can affect your pup is the first step to keeping your doggie safe.
Dog worms are not uncommon. It is important to know that there are five different types of dog worms and each one has different symptoms. The first type of dog worm is the roundworm. This causes the dog to have a swollen belly, vomiting and diarrhea, a dull coat, and a loss of weight. If the dog does not receive treatment it can result in death. You should check your dogs feces or vomit and look for white worms. Some can grow to seven inches in length. It is the most common type of dog worm and is usually found in puppies.
The tapeworm causes your dog to have abdominal pain. S/he can also show agitation. Vomiting, weight loss, and itching around the anus area are common symptoms. You can spot these worms, that have a rice-like appearance, in your dogs stool, around the dogs anus, or in the bed where s/he sleeps. These worms are a result of swallowing infected fleas.
The third variety is the hookworm. If not treated then it can result in the death of the dog. Your dog will show skin irritation, pale gums, and suffer from diarrhea. Your dog will also have anemia and weight loss. It is also common to have a bloody stool as well as a lack of energy. These worms are not detectable by the human eye. You will need to take a stool sample to the vet. These worms are transmitted from the mother to the puppy via the uterus or from the milk. They can also be transmitted via another infected animal or another dogs infected animals stool.
Whipworms are the fourth variety. They drain your dog of energy, cause anemia as well as flatulence. Your dog will suffer from weight loss, have diarrhea and often have blood or mucus in the stool. Like the hookworm, these worms cannot be seen with the human eye and a stool sample needs to be taken to a vet. The transmission is the same as that of the hookworm.
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