Worms

There are four common types of intestinal worms in dogs, they are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. The symptoms of each type of worm vary, as does the way in which dogs can be infected. While each parasite affects dogs differently, there are some general warning symptoms that dog owners should be aware of.

Intestinal worms may cause:

Symptoms:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Poor coat appearance
  • Pot-bellied appearance
  • Lethargy
  • Dehydration
  • Deficiencies in nutrition and anemia
  • Intestinal blockage or pneumonia
  • Blood in stool (either bright red or darker purple)
  • Heartworms can also be accompanied by respiratory symptoms such as coughing, exercise intolerance, weak pulse, weight loss, abdominal distension and in extreme cases, labored breathing, pale gums, and death.
  • In the stool, adult roundworms and hookworms will appear as small to large, off-white to tan, spaghetti shaped parasites.
  • Tapeworms will appear as small, off-white to tan segments in stool or clinging to hair around the genital area
  • Common Causes: 

    Most tapeworms are not directly passed from pet to pet, but require an intermediate host. Common intermediate hosts include fleas and small rodents. Pets will become re-infested with tapeworms if these hosts are not controlled. Dogs become infected with roundworms by eating worm eggs from contaminated soil or stool, or by eating infected rodents. Hookworms are contracted by ingestion of microscopic larval by mouth or from larval entry through skin, usually on the feet.

    Natural Remedies and Preventative Measures:

    You can crush a small clove of garlic and add it to their food.
    Pumpkin Seeds have a natural de-worming ability.
    Apple Cider Vinegar, when added to their food, can also aid de-worming.
    Coconut Oil is also known for its de-worming qualities.

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