Worms and Your Pet: Types, Symptoms, Precautions and Treatments

Worms are intestinal parasites which live inside your furry friend.  How can furry pets have worms? If you think, my fido is healthy and living inside home, so worms cannot get inside my fido, that’s not always true. Let’s today go through all types of worms, how they make your furry friend their home and also precautions and treatments for same.

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First lets us go through all kind of signs through which your Fido is trying to tell you about intestinal worms.

Symptoms:

  • Coughing or sneezing more than usual
  • Sudden vomiting or diarrhea
  • Scratching or itching all the time
  • Feeling low in energy whole day
  • Hungry all the time
  • Losing his weight
  • Dull coat

If your little pooch have any of the above sign, then there are chances that he is been affected by any of the below worms.

  • Heartworms

Other than a bite of infected mosquito there is no way your dog is infected by heartworms. For heartworms prevention is easy. Once the dog is infected, it is hard and costly to cure.

Major problem with heartworm is, your dog doesn’t show any sign if he is infected with heartworm. You will come to know suddenly, when he coughs the blood. Hence, prevention of it is very much important for your furry pal. Heartworms travel to heart through lungs and veins. But, sometimes they miss their way and can affect other parts also. If heartworms are found in eye of Fido, then it can be dangerous sign and your dog can lose his eye sight also.

  • Roundworms

Roundworms spread through pregnancy, nursing or feces. They eat food of their host.  Potbelly, belly pain, diarrhea, vomiting and dull coat are symptoms of roundworms. For adult dogs, roundworms don’t matter much but for little puppies, they can be fatal.

  • Hookworms

Hookworms can easily spread from anywhere, sand to skin or while cleaning. They are also harmful for humans and for little puppies, they are lethal. Puppies can have hookworms from their mother also while nursing. They drain blood out of their host. Weakness and malnutrition are signs of hookworms. 

  • Ringworms

Ringworms are actually an infection caused by a fungus. They don’t show any sign but often present in your dogs as a dry, gray and scaly patch. They cause itchiness, hair, accumulation of surface skin and dandruff.

  • Tapeworms

Fleas are host of tapeworms. Infected fleas carry tapeworm larvae.  So, your dog only gets tapeworms through licking themselves or swallowing. Tapeworms live in intestine and drain dog’s nutrition. If your dog scoots his anus across the ground or rough surfaces, it is sign that your dog is affected from tapeworms.

  • Whipworms

Dogs can be affected from whipworms through contaminated soil or by grooming. Whipworms drain blood out of their host. They reside where the small and large intestines meet. They mainly cause diarrhea and when severe, it can also cause bloody diarrhea. 

Prevention and Treatment for Worms:

In most cases, early detection and prevention of all worms is must. Also when caught later, it is always harder to recover and costlier. So, advisable is to feed your pooch regularly with wormers. Most worming oral treatments are either monthly or quarterly. Pregnant or lactating pets should be treated monthly and must get at least one wormer for dogs every 3 weeks after whelping. They are available in form of tablet, chews or liquid. Regular or monthly consumption of them isn’t harmful for dog and don’t have any side effects. Just make sure you follow instruction and don’t overdose your doggie.

There are many wormers available in market nowadays like Cazitel, Endogard, Virbac, Tapewormer, Popantel, Paragard, Milbemax and Drontal. Most of these products like Dog Drontal, Endogard and Popantel are useful for all worms, except heartworms. They are cheap and reliable, but still compare all the products, and then buy suitable one for your furry pal. (Suggested link for comparison- https://www.vetsupply.com.au/dog-wormers/c101.aspx)

For heartworms Heartgard are more known. There are also other products available in market like advocate, Milbemax, Nuheart and Comfortis.

Some heartwormers include protection against other fleas, ticks and worms also.  So, the best way is to compare all products, its affects and ingredients. Also take care Fido’s like. If your Fido has resistance against medicine or liquid, you can choose chewables. Just make sure he chews whole dosage or you need to give another one.

Without a miss, regularly feed Fido with oral treatments and keep worms away from dear furry friend!

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