It can be a devastating and disgusting diagnosis when a Veterinarian tells you that your dog has Worms. Each type of wormy parasite requires a different treatment or medication, and will display different symptoms. Here are the five types of Worms that may infect your dog.
Roundworms – There are two types of Roundworms and they are the most common Worm infestation in dogs. The symptoms of Roundworms include: pot-belly appearance, diarrhea, vomiting, dull coat and weight loss. You may even see this type of Worm in your dogs vomit or feces. This type of Worm is usually treated with oral medication, with follow-up fecal screenings. The symptoms of Hookworms include: bloody stool, anemia, weight loss, pale gums, diarrhea and low energy level. Good hygiene and cleaning up after your infected dog can prevent a human infection.
Tapeworms – Common Tapeworm symptoms include abdominal pain, nervousness, severe itching around the anus, vomiting and weight loss. You may also see this Worm in your dogs feces. Tapeworms must usually be treated with a prescription oral or injection dewormer medication. Over-the-counter dewormer medication is usually not strong enough to clear this kind of Worm infestation.
Whipworms – This Worm can not be seen by the naked eye, and must be diagnosed through testing. Having a Wormy dog can be an unpleasant experience, but in almost all cases there is an effective treatment available to help your favorite dog live a healthy and Worm free life.