Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Canine Worms, And How To Treat Them

Ever seen your pooch drag its hind quarter across the floor? Then it’s likely he had worm and was trying to get rid of them. Worms are in fact, a very common problem in dogs, and there are many different types you need to be aware of. So you can prevent and treat them when they do occur. This is essential because not only are they uncomfortable for your dog, they can also endanger their health and yours. Read on to find out more.

 

Roundworms  

 

Roundworms are one of the most common types of parasitic infection that dogs can get. The symptoms often include a pot bellied appearance, diarrhea, vomiting, and pneumonia. Although many dogs have the infection without showing these signs. That is why it’s vital to regularly worm your dog from when they are a puppy.

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To do this, you can purchase dog worming tablets or liquid from your veterinarian or online. Of course, having the stuff isn’t the same as getting your dog to take it. Especially, if your pooch is one of the clever ones that can tell when medicine is coming from a mile off. If they are then why not use a product like these pill treats for dogs to help disguise it? Surely it’s easier than running all around the house after them trying to get them to swallow their pill?

 

Also, remember that you can easily get roundworms from an infected pet. Something that you will want to avoid. So ensure all surfaces that he has come into contact with are cleaned and disinfected thoroughly. As well as getting the infestation sorted out as quickly as possible.

Heartworms

 

Roundworms can be dangerous for a small puppy or older dogs but are usually fairly easily dealt with in dogs that are grown and healthy. Unfortunately, heartworms are not the same. These are parasites that are transmitted through a mosquito bite. This introduces their larvae into the dog’s system, and then they take around 7 months to mature. While doing this, they migrate to the lung and heart areas, causing obstructions and difficulty in breathing often noticeable as a dry cough.

 

Obviously, having a mass of parasites their heart isn’t very good for your dog, and heartworm cases can be fatal, as well as difficult to treat. Instead, avoid this by taking preventative measures with heartworm medication not matter what state you are resident in.

 

Tapeworms

 

Tapeworms are pretty gross, they are also pretty clever, as they live in your dog’s intestine and feed of off the digesting food your dog is processing. You may see segments of tapeworm in the stool of your dog, or your pet may appear ravenous, but doesn’t put on any weight. Happily, they are one of the easier worm varieties to deal with, and your dog will just require the right medication from the vet.

 

Also be assured that you can’t get tapeworms from your dog, as it is transmitted through grooming when an infected flea enters the intestines.

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