What Are The Types Of Worms In Dogs?

Tips Dog hygiene

Worms are more than just a burden that can cause your dog malaise- they can be a genesis of significant problems not only to dogs but also to human beings. The most common symptoms of worms are; coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, apathetic, pot-bellied, weight and appetite loss, and skin irritations. The dog's health may deteriorate if left untreated. The prevalent worms in dogs are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and heartworms. Tips for your dog's health and more specifically on the worms in this article.

Roundworms

These are the most common parasites in dogs and almost all dogs have roundworms at some point in their lives, usually as puppies. They’re usually brown or white and look like spaghetti, they can be seen in dog’s poop or vomit. Dogs infected with roundworms are usually pot-bellied and may feel sluggish. The dog's health may worsen with time as roundworms are known to cause permanent blindness.

Tapeworms

They’re white, flat and about 6 inches long. Though rare you'll usually see the broken-off segments of about ¼ inch looking like grains of rice in the dog’s poop. Tapeworms cause weight and appetite loss and scooting(make dogs rub their bottom on the ground)

Hookworms

Hookworms are about ⅛ or ¾ inches long and have a hook that attaches to the intestinal lining. A dog may become infected when it unintentionally swallows hookworm egg, often by rubbing down its feet, or from sniffing feces or contaminated soil. Bloody stools, appetite, and weight loss are usual signs of hookworm in dogs.

Whipworms

They’re about 2 inches long and subside at one end, thus their name. The more the whipworms the riskier it is to the dog’s health. Signs of whipworms include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, and weight loss.

Heartworms

Heartworms are one of the pernicious types of dog worms since they directly attack the critical organ- “heart”. The dog's health may slump suddenly since it takes months to show any immediate signs.