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Worms in Dogs

Most puppies are actually born with worms, so one of the first things you'll need to do is treat both the puppies and their mother for the condition. Roundworm and tapeworms (picked up from flea eggs) are the most common variety of infestation, but hookworms may also be lurking.

Roundworms can be identified as spaghetti-like shapes in the vomit or faeces. Tapeworm are rice-shaped. The latter are particularly hard to spot and you are more likely to see them around your dog's bottom.

 Warning signs

  • Weakness and listlessness.
  • Diarrhoea or vomiting.
  • Weight loss despite a good appetite.
  • Abnormally swollen stomach.

Fortunately, worm infestations are easy to control and treat, as long as the condition does not progress too far. If you suspect that your dog has worms, talk to your vet. In some circumstances you may be advised to take in a stool sample, the vet will look under the microscope for worm eggs in the sample.

Most vets routinely check puppies during their initial visits and can advise a good worming program. When you first take your puppy to the vet, ask for advice on setting up a worming regime. When it comes to adult Dogs, they should be checked during each annual check-up and follow the year round worming regime your vet has recommended. Any treatment will depend on the specific type of parasite.

It's a good idea to dispose of the stool when your dog goes to the toilet outside. This will help to prevent re-infestation, and will also protect playmates as well. In addition, some types of worms (roundworms and hookworms) can cause problems for humans. This is uncommon, but it's still a good idea to use proper hygiene measures.

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