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How do I know if my puppy has worms?


Question: How do I know if my puppy has worms?

Answer: There are two ways to find out if your puppy or dog has intestinal worms. One is obvious, you will see the worms or worm segments in your dog's stool.

However since there are many types of worms, some microscopic that do the most damage, a fecal sample tested by your veterinarian is the best solution. In addition, you may wish to consider a blood sample be taken to screen for Heartworm infestation. Heartworms are fatal if not treated in a timely manner.

Internal Parasites

    Hookworm - Hookworms are evil little creatures that feed off the intestinal walls. They are passed to other animals through soil, where eggs have been laid. These are incredibly easy to contract. The larvae that live in the soil can enter the body through the feet and travel throughout the system until they reach the intestines where they stay to feed off of blood and lay eggs that shed once again, in feces and contaminate the ground.

    Tapeworm - Tapeworms are long, segmented worms that live in an infected person's or animal's intestines. These are most often noticed when the worms start to shed segments full of eggs, which are often found around the anus, or in stools. These segments look like grains of rice when dry, but are squishy and may be moving when fresh. Tapeworms are spread by ingesting fleas that have eaten the eggs, or by ingesting egg sacs from feces.

    Roundworm - The most common of internal parasites beside Tapeworms, roundworms frequently infect pets. They look suspiciously like thin spaghetti noodles and can often be found in feces with the naked eye.

    Whipworm - These are long, whip-shaped worms that are ingested either from the feces of infected animals, or spread through other bodily fluids. They are found in the colons of animals, and shed eggs through feces approximately three months later.

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