Worms are one of the most common yet concerning diseases that a pet dog can have, especially on the east coast, where worms are more prevalent. The five types of worms to watch out for are heartworms, tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. The signs for each of these worms in dogs differ slightly, and one should always consult a veterinarian before treatment. However, if you believe your puppy has worms, see if it shows any of the following signs. Keep in mind that these conditions could be a sign of a different health issue.
Heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms are the most likely to cause your dog to cough. In its mildest form, your dog might cough after exercise. Heartworms and roundworms will migrate into the dog’s lungs at an early stage, but hookworms only do so later on. Frequent, weakened coughing should bring you and your pet to the vet at once.
Vomiting could happen due to many reasons, such as mild indigestion. Even so, you should bring your puppy to the vet if it vomits frequently. Most of the time, you will be able to see worms in the vomit if your puppy has worms.
Unhealthy Stool & Itching
Diarrhea and worms in stool are also telltale symptoms. Frequent diarrhea can cause dehydration quickly, so once again, it’s best to visit the vet. If your dog’s waste includes blood, see the vet at once; it could be a sign of hookworms.
On a related note, your pet might be scooting or licking its behind. This may be because the area is itchy due to worms.
One good way to measure your dog’s health is to ask, “Is there any change of behavior?” Any change in behavior could signal that something is wrong. A lack of usual energy is one sign.
Change in Appetite & Weight Loss
A dog might have an increased or decreased appetite, and this change in appetite should be concerning. Plus, even if your dog eats more, it might be losing weight fast. Worms are parasitic creatures, feeding off your dog’s energy supply. One should keep in mind that a change in appetite or weight loss could be symptoms of a different health condition.
Roundworms most commonly transmit from the mother dog to the puppy either before or after birth. If a puppy or a dog has a pot or bloated belly, it could be a case of roundworms, as they could be blocking your pet’s intestines.
A healthy dog will have a healthy, shiny coat. A dull or patchy coat should be looked at, as well as itching and rashes. If your pet is having any of these symptoms, Everhart Veterinary Medicine can help!
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