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Some of the most common dog worms
The easiest way to dicover if your pet is suffering from dog worms is by looking at the animal's feces. Roundworms are the easiest to identify because whole worms can often be seen in the excrement.
Tapeworm segments can be seen sticking to the dog's anus or tail. Hookworms and whipworms are tiny and almost impossible to be seen with the naked eye. Heartworm is not an intestinal parasite, therefore it is not present in the dog's feces.
Sometimes dog worms do not get passed into the stool, so it's very important that dog owners know the types and symptoms of worms in dogs.
Some dog worms are more harmful than others, but all types of worms can effect your dog's health. Some common symptoms of a dog worm infestation include diarrhea, inactivity, appetite loss and vomiting.
Puppies that become severely infested with roundworms have a poor coat and appear potbellied. If the roundworm larvae is present in the dog's lungs, it can cause bronchitis.
Hookworms in dogs are blood suckers. They can drain and consume energy from whatever the dog eats, this can lead to anemia and the dog becames lethargic and lifeless. Puppies in particular, do not have properly matured systems for replacing blood in the body, therefore hookworms in puppies can prove to be fatal.
Dog tapeworms tend to cause dogs to drag their rear end along the ground to find relief from irritation, although this symptom can also be caused by anal gland problems.
Whipworms generally do not produce any visible signs of discomfort or odd behavior, but they can cause foul smelling, tar-like diarrhea.
Infestations of heartworm are not very common in dogs in cold climates, but don't rule them out altogether. Heartworms live in the heart as might be expected, and the adjacent blood vessels.
The symptoms are very similar to the ones you would associate with heart disease, such as the inability to tolerate exercise and fluid retention in the abdomen.
Canine parasites can be very worrying. Roundworms and tapeworms can multiply quickly and block intestinal passages by huge numbers. Hookworms can totally drain energy by denying the dog all the benefits it would normally get from a healthy diet.
The encouraging part is that most dog worms are easy to cure by a simple de-worming course. Early detection is critical and possible through keen observation.