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The Most Common Worms That Dogs Can Have

Updated on May 29, 2016

Canine roundworms1

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The intestinal worm that infects dogs most often is the roundworm. The roundworm resembles a piece of cooked spaghetti. A dog will get roundworms when he sniffs the ground, and when he eats contaminated food, contaminated water and feces.

Puppies will get roundworms from their mother's placenta if it is contaminated with roundworms. They can also get them when they nurse their mother if she is infected.

Humans can get a roundworm infestation from dogs. Children will get infected more often than adults. An infestation of roundworms is called Ascariasis disease. Roundworms can grow to be quite large. They are usually up to 12 centimeters long. The dog will usually be infected with large numbers of roundworms.

The most common symptoms of roundworms are colic, lethargy, vomiting, swollen belly, loss of appetite, coughing and anemia.

If you suspect your dog has roundworms take him to the veterinarian. The veterinarian will take a fecal swab to determine if your dog has roundworms. You can sometimes see roundworms in your dog's feces.

You can prevent roundworms in your dog by putting him on a deworming schedule.

Whipworm egg

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You will not be able to see whipworms with the naked eye because they are so small. You will find whipworms living in the dog's large intestine. They will suck blood through the intestinal wall.

The signs a dog has whipworms are he will lose weight, vomit and have diarrhea. The whpiworm lays tine eggs that are passed in the dog's feces and will live in the dirt a long time until they infect another dog.


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Hookworms live in the dirt and they infect a dog by entering his body through his skin or his feet. The hookworms will travel to the dog's lungs where they will develop into adult hookworms.

A dog that has hookworms can cough up the worms and swallow them. These worms will then infect the dog's stomach and intestines. The hookworm will make its home in the small intestine. It sucks the dog's blood by attaching to the wall of the intestine.

If your dog has hookworms his appetite will be poor. He will have pale lips, nostrils and the inside of his ears will be pale. Hookworms can cause a dogs stomach to hurt and the dog may vomit. His bowel movements can have blood in the stool. Sometimes the stool is harder the dog will have diarrhea. Then the worms enter the dogs, body they can cause a rash where they enter through the skin.

When a dog has hookworms he must be treated by a veterinarian immediately.

Tapeworm (Taenia) eggs

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If a dog is infected with fleas he will usually have tapeworms. Tape worms need the flea to develop and they are transmitted from one dog to another by fleas. The tapeworm segments are found hanging on the dogs rear in their fur or in their bed. When the tapeworm has dried out they look like grains of rice.

Tapeworms an be hard to get rid of. You must take your dog to the veterinarian and he will prescribe medication for the dog that will eliminate the tapeworms. Over the counter worming treatments do not work very well.


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