Dogs can fall victim to internal parasites. Since they spend a lot of time outside of the house exploring things with their mouths, they can catch worms and their health can be affected by this. One of the most common worms that enter dogs is roundworms, which usually infect puppies. Tapeworms can also be a large problem, especially if there is a high flea infestation.
It can be difficult to diagnose whether or not your pet has worms, especially if the worms are too small to be visible to the naked eye. Whipworms are a kind of worm which can be seen in the stool of dogs, but only when it has already caused a decline in the health of your pet.
It is important that worms are diagnosed as early as possible. With this, it is highly important to consult with your vet once you see symptoms in your dogs or puppies, such as weight loss and fatigue. Your vet would likely ask you for a stool sample to bring in the lab and be tested for worms.
Symptoms of worms in your pet’s body include the following:
• Diarrhea. This is the body’s reaction when something which is not supposed to be inside the body is actually in it. Your pet may have an irregular bowel movement which may cause it to become weak and lose weight. Watch out for blood in the stool, as this is a strong indication that there are indeed worms inside the body of a dog.
• Poor physical appearance. When you observe that your pet has dry hair and has gotten thinner, send it to the vet and have it tested for worms. This is an indication that worms have infested the body and are stealing the nutrients that are otherwise intended for your pet’s nourishment.
• Vomiting. Much like diarrhea, vomiting is also a way of your pet’s body to eliminate unwanted substances inside. Observe your pet’s vomit if it includes worms in it.
You should be careful about infestations which show no symptoms. For instance, some larvae will only be activated when your dog becomes stressed. Roundworms, on the other hand, stay inside the body and instead gets activated on the latter stages of a dog’s pregnancy, hurting the puppies that are yet to be born.
Take caution and make sure that you bring your pet regularly to the vet for checkup, to avoid this problem to become too serious and fatal for your pet.
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