Written by: Carol Iles
Dogs can get different types of worms. The most common types are roundworms and tapeworms. Worm infestation can be passed by the puppies’ mother or through contaminated soil, and even passed on by fleas, if the dog should ingest them.
Different Types Of Worms
Roundworms can be several inches long and resemble spaghetti, and can passed as faeces or even vomit. Roundworms can also cause Toxocariasis in humans, young children are most at risk as they may handle contaminated earth and then put their hands in their mouths, in extreme cases this can lead to blindness. Worms can also be ingested by dogs licking infected carcasses when out on a walk, passed through the mother’s milk and placenta, and also by fleas which can be ingested by the dog grooming itself.
Tapeworms are you passed in the dog’s faeces and will look like small grains of rice.
Signs to look for are a pot belly, an increase in appetite, a dull coat, lethargy, or runny stools, underweight, vomiting and diarrhoea and generally unwell.
How Often Do I Worm My Dog?
Dogs need to be wormed every 3 months, whereas puppies need to be wormed fortnightly up until the age of 7weeks of age and then monthly until the age of 6 months. It is important to uses flea treatments as well, as of course fleas are carriers. Your vet will be advise you on the best course of treatment. Most vets have a Healthy Pet Club scheme which includes flea and worm treatment, health checks, boosters and discounts on products.
Some dog owners prefer to take the natural route instead of using chemicals and use natural flea and tick deterrents, such as Verm-X and Billy No Mates and homeopathic supplements. There is such a wide choice out there. Of course if you go the natural route, it is important to have a worm count done, ideally every 3 months although some dog owners do it every 6 months.