The Signs of Worms in Dogs – Types, Symptoms and Treatments

Flea infestations on dogs are pretty easy to spot. It does not be long before you see one rummaging through the dogs dog’s fur or hopping on you. The signs of worms in pet dogs can be a little more subtle. You often only realise that your chosen dog has worms after the parasites have taken hold whilst your dog’s symptoms have become quite noticeable. Here we will look at most of the worm parasites that can invade your pet, what the symptoms are usually, what to do about it and preventing the same thing happening to you and your kids.

The chief types of worms that affect dogs are: Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and heartworms. All of these worms, with the exception of heartworms, live in the dogs digestive system. Lets see what the signs of composting worms in dogs actually are in terms of the worms in dogs symptoms they cause a lot more they should be treated.


Roundworms are the most common canine earthworms infection. They can grow to be 5 – 10 cm prolonged, they are thin vermicelli like worms with a tapered conclude. They can be white or brown.

Symptoms are mainly vomiting your loose bowel movements. Worms can sometimes be seen in the dog’s stools and can, in extreme cause a blockage in the dog’s bowels. Small puppies can often be infected by their mom’s milk and, in some cases, can be born with the worm larvae having caught them in utero.


Hookworms ‘hook’ onto the walls of the dogs intestine with their mouths plus feed from the dog.

Symptoms include blood in the stools, anemia and occasional irritated or dry skin.


These are very tiny worms which resemble a whip in top condition – the head being the whip and the tail simply being the whip ‘handle’. When a dog only has a compact infestation, symptoms may not be noticeable but that changes if your infestation grows and the intestine wall becomes inflamed.

Indications include lethargy, weight loss, loose stools, anemia, blood during the stools and gas.


Tapeworms are long, segmented flat worms which have a pronounced head with pushovers and grooves used to attach to the dog’s intestine. Destroyed or still moving parts of the worm may be included in the dogs bowel movements.


Heartworms do not have a home in the gut but rather the respiratory system of the dog and tend to be a much more serious problem. The presence of the parasites is very hard to identify until serious symptoms become apparent. The larvae are generally passed to the dog through a mosquito bite and make their whole way to the heart where they start to breed and former.

The symptoms include a bad cough, shortness of breath, sexual problems and lethargy, chest pain and even fainting.

So what do we undertake when we see the signs of worms in dogs? For all of the red worms except the heartworm, treatment is relatively straightforward. You will need to see your vet and make sure that the diagnosis is correct. Your doctor will then tell you which treatments you should use and the dosage premiums. Many of the worming remedies are orally administered and can be obtained over the counter but a few will need a vet to propose. It is very important to get this advice from a vet rather from your own complexities or from Google.

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