Dogs pick up worms in various ways. You may not notice if your dog has a parasite right away so be sure to look for some signs your dog has worms.
The most common types of worms that can affect your dog are tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, heartworms, and whipworms. Depending on the type of worm, your dog will show different symptoms.
Signs Your Dog Has Worms
If you aren’t sure if your dog has a parasite, here are some possible signs your dog has worms.
White like rice bits visible in stool or around anus area
You may notice little moving bits that resemble rice in your dog’s poo. These are tapeworms. Your dog will get tapeworms if they ingest an infected flea.
Scooting is another sign your dog may possibly have worms. Worms cause your dog irritation and scooting is a way for your dog to help relieve themselves.
Spaghetti like worms in vomit or feces
Roundworms look like long, spaghetti found in a dog’s vomit or feces. Roundworms are common in puppies. Mothers can pass roundworms to their puppies during birth or through nursing. Roundworms can grow up to 7 inches long. Dogs come in contact with roundworms through the mother, infected soil, contaminated feces, or eating infected rodents.
Bloody Stool, Diarrhea, Weight loss, Pale Gums
Hookworms and whipworms aren’t going to be visible in your dog’s stool. Some possible signs though are bloody stool or darkened black like stool, diarrhea, weight loss. and pale gums. If your dog is showing these signs take them to your veterinarian for a check up.
Congestive heart failure
Sometimes dogs with heartworms will develop congestive heart failure. This is due to the weakening of the muscles and tissues around the heart. Often times though symptoms of heartworm doesn’t show up until there is advanced infection. Heartworm is contacted by an infected mosquito bite. Heartworm is deadly but preventable. Have your dog tested and keep on a monthly heartworm preventative.
If you suspect your dog has worms or are showing any of the signs above, please go to your veterinarian for a check up.