The Many Types of Worms in Dogs and Their Symptoms

October 30, 2021 0 By admin

There are many signs and signals that can indicate your dog might have worms and they can range from the very mild to the very severe, all depending on the type of worm you might be dealing with, but every now and then your dog might not show any signs what so ever. Keep in mind no matter what type of worm it is that your dog will begin to show signs or symptoms of it eventually and you need to know what the symptoms are so you can help your pet as soon as possible.

These are a couple of very general signs that something is not right with your dog. Should your dog begin to lose weight with out any other known reason, their fur starts to look different or dull rather than shinny, and especially if your dog vomits more than once or once in a while, these are taste of tofu all signs that something is not right with your dog and it’s possible that they may have worms. One of the most noticeable signs that your dog has worms is if they are coughing.

It is a rare moment that your dog will cough, it happens but only once in a while. For a dog it’s not normal for them to cough except on rare occasion and a coughing dog should be taken seriously.

Different forms of worms:

There are currently around 8 different forms of the common worm and each give off a slightly different set of symptoms. These are; Tape Worms, Round Worms, Whip Worms, Pin Worms, Hook Worms, and last are Heartworms. Heartworms are the most serious form of worms that your dog can get and these will show you the very serious symptoms.

Tapeworms (Cestoda) – They just might be the very easiest type of worm for you to know that your dog has, these worms are flat and long and they have many different segments in their bodies. More often then not you will see these worms in your dogs stool and they will look sort of like little pieces of rice. Some times they may also be found around your dogs anus, which is one reason that you might see your dog dragging its bottom on the ground. This type of worm may be transmitted by fleas, but its more common that they will get this type of worm by eating grain based dog foods that have been contaminated by the worms.

Symptoms – One sign that will really get your attention is when you see your dog dragging their bottom across the floor, that’s because this worm will give your dog a very itching rear end. This type of worm may also cause your dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and if it’s a very severe infestation they may even develop anemia. These are similar to the pinworm but a bit more severe.

Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis, Trichuris campanula) – These are thin and long worms that your dog can get from another dog or from something that has the worms in or on it. Whipworms live in the large intestine and cecum (a small ‘dead-end’ portion of intestine lying at the junction of the small intestine and large intestine). They can remain dormant for months or even years and are extremely contagious.

Symptoms – The very first sign that your dog has this specific type of worm will be shown in intestinal stress. Typically it will start with having gas and that will turn into diarrhea. This can also create dehydration that can also be very dangerous.

Roundworms (Toxocara canis and Toxascaris leonine) – These very common little buggers are completely different from whipworms, in the sense that they can become extremely large and have been known to get up to twelve centimeters long (that’s almost 5 inches long)! In addition, they multiply very quickly and because of this they can be found in large numbers.

Adult dogs may get roundworms through food or water that contains the worms, or by way of contact with feces or vomit from another infected animal. Although the thought of it may make you want to vomit yourself, it is a known fact that dogs will eat just about anything, including the feces or vomit of other animals.

Puppies may get an infestation while they are still in the womb or even from the milk of their mother should she have this type of worm. In almost all cases, should one pup have worms the rest will also have them. This specific type of worm is very sticky and it resembles a piece of cooked spaghetti when it comes to texture and appearance, this worm can be passed between both dogs and humans.

Symptoms – In puppies you will see a sudden onset of colic, crying and whimpering that doesn’t seem to stop. A mother dog with this form of worm will have trouble producing milk for her pups. Other adult dogs may have swelling in their abdomen that will be followed by vomiting. Their feces will be strange looking (black with brown and possibly orange swirls) and you will be able to see the worms moving around in their feces. Should this worm move into the lungs, your dog will also start to cough.