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  • How Do I Know If My Dog Has Worms?

    Dogs really are special friends. They provide company for a lot of lonely people and are the best playmate a child could ever have. They are considered part of the family and provide unconditional love. There are certain signs that the little guy might not be very healthy. Dog worms are one of them.


    These are not the kind that you bait a fishing hook with. They are gastrointestinal and heart parasites that include hookworms, whip worms, tapeworms heart worms, and roundworms. Some of these can cause death and all of them will certainly weaken the family pet. There are some signs to look for in the dog’s appearance and behavior that indicates there may be the presence of worms in the animal.

    Symptoms of Worm Infection

    Most worms are not visible to the naked eye and so the symptoms are the clues to watch. Weight loss and reduced appetite are immediate indications that something may be wrong with the dog. The coat may become very dull, and there may be a very noticeable loss of energy in a once very active animal. If there is skin irritation or discoloration, and if the dog is spitting up blood, those are signs that there is a parasite actively at work in the animal. Bloated stomachs, diarrhea, and vomiting can also hint of worms. These are all signs of serious health problems. Worms show up ordinarily in newborn puppies because they are passed down to them from their mother. Contact also comes from worm eggs found in dirt and also in the fleas the dog may have. Whatever age the animal may beor wherever the dog came in contact with worms, the consequences are an animal that is in very poor health. Owners may try to find medication over-the-counter for their favorite friend but the right medicine is not always found in stores.

    Routine Check-ups & Medication

    The most important thing is to schedule an appointment with the veterinarian as soon as possible. This professional can do an examination to determine exactly what type of worm is feeding off of the dog. Medication can be prescribed with follow-up visits to make sure that the problem has been eradicated. The trip to the veterinarian is also a time to establish a schedule for regular worm treatments. Preventive medication goes a long way to see to it that the animal is free of these parasites. Some people may want to use home remedies or what they think are natural means of combating worms. It is better to speak to the veterinarian about how effective these treatments are, than to try experimenting with an already sick animal. The veterinarian may in fact approve of some of these home remedies.



    Preventive Steps

    One way to prevent worms from coming back again is sanitation. Worm eggs are particularly found in the stool of infected dogs. Making sure your pet doesn’t get in close contact with other animal feces can minimize the risk of contracting worms. The owner may want to have pet sitters take care of the dog while he or she is on vacation, because animal hospitals can be breeding grounds for various worms. Any additional pet to the family menagerie should be inspected and wormed before entering the house. The backyard is the toilet for most family pets, and this means that animal droppings have to be routinely collected and removed. If the dogs are fed outside, any leftover food should be taken in at night so that stray animals do not spread worm eggs in the food.

    A dog is one of the best friends a person could possibly have, and they bring a lot of joy and love with them. It is heart rendering for an owner to see his or her little best buddy not feeling well. Staying watchful for any signs of poor health can prevent a problem from getting worse. Going to the veterinarian and scheduling routine appointments for worm examination is the best idea for keeping the animal healthy. A dog is meant to live anywhere from 15 to 20 years as a rule. Treating a pet dog for worms on a routine basis is the best way to make sure the four-legged family member stays active and healthy for every day of those years.

    posted on April 9, 2014 at 2:35 pm by Doctor Ron