The mere mention of worms summons unpleasant images in most dog owners' minds. Intestinal worms are a dangerous health hazard for your dog and can potentially spread to humans; therefore, they need to be dealt with quickly.
There are several varieties of worms that may infect your dog. The most common types of worms observed in dogs are:
- Roundworms – These worms are found in the intestines. They can infect puppies and can also be transmitted from the puppy's mother. They can also infect humans and can cause blindness and brain damage. Children are at the most significant risk.
- Hookworms – These will attach to your dog's intestinal lining and suck a significant amount of blood from their host.
- Tapeworms – Tapeworms infect your dog when they eat an infected flea or wild prey. Keeping your dog on flea prevention medication can significantly reduce the chances of your dog becoming infected with tapeworms.
- Whipworms – Whipworms are a small and dangerous whip-shaped intestinal parasite found in dogs. Whipworms are often found in newborn puppies.
- OR, a dog can look completely normal and be carrying intestinal parasites and pose a potential risk to other pets or people in your home.
Common signs that your dog may have intestinal worms are:
- Variation in appetite
- Potbellied appearance
- Painful abdomen
- Inability to gain weight
- Poor coat appearance
If you notice any of these signs in your dog, please contact Warwick Animal Hospital in Newport News, VA (757-595-3337) to make an appointment. We can test your dog for intestinal worms and prescribe the appropriate medication to deworm your dog of these dangerous parasites.