How do I know if my dog has worms?
There are a few signs you can look out for to help identify if your dog has worms. Worms are a common problem in both puppies and adult dogs, so it’s important to keep an eye out.
The symptoms of worms in your dog can include:
- Visible worms or segments in the stool – This would be the most obvious sign to identify worms
- Vomiting – If your dog is vomiting up worms or infectious matter, this could be an indication that the worms have entered the stomach
- Diarrhea – Loose watery stools can indicate worms, however, there are other causes for diarrhea so it is important to get it checked at the vet
- Loss of appetite – Worms can depress the appetite of your dog, as the worms will be taking a lot of the nutrients from their food
- Weight loss – Smaller meals and fewer calories can lead to weight loss
- Abnormal gait – If worms are in the intestines or abdomen, this can cause your dog to walk strangely, or even limp
- Anemia – Worms feed on your dog’s blood, which can cause anemia and pale gums
If you see any of these signs then it’s important to get your dog checked at the vet as soon as possible.
How to Prevent Worms
Worms can be prevented by following some basic steps:
- Keep your dog’s sleeping area clean – by ensuring the sleeping area is not contaminated with droppings, you can reduce the risk of your dog getting worms.
- Groom your dog regularly – brushing your dog’s coat on a regular basis can help to remove existing parasites from their fur.
- Feed your dog a good quality food – this can help to ensure that your dog’s diet is balanced and contains all the nutrients they need for a healthy immune system.
- Regularly worm your dog – ask your vet for their advice on the best type of wormer and how often it should be administered.
- Keep your garden clear of animal waste – this can help to reduce the risk of your dog catching worms from other animals.
By following these simple steps, you should be able to reduce the risk of your dog getting worms. However, if you do notice any of the symptoms mentioned above it is still important to contact your vet for advice and treatment.