Worms in dogs are a frequent problem for UK pets and their owners. They can cause distressing, ill-health to our dogs and may come back at any time, even after treatment. Across the world there are many types of worms in dogs, or parasitic infections, but in the UK we deal primarily with just two. They are known as the roundworm and the tapeworm.

Roundworms are most problematic worms in dogs because they are passed from animal to animal and most puppies are even born with an infestation. Roundworms resemble short lengths of spaghetti. Mature worms live in the dog’s intestines and feed on the contents. This means that the partially digested food is eaten by the worms, forcing your dog to share its dinner. Depending on the severity of the infestation, dozens of worms could be present at any one time. Of course, it is logical that under nourishment will be a consequence of a dog having to share its food. Severe infestations can lead to loss of energy and a dull coat. Other symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting. In puppies, roundworms can cause delays in growth and distended abdomens. Puppies which are not treated for their roundworm infestations can actually die from intestinal blockage. It is also important to bear in mind that sometimes there will be no symptoms of worms in dogs. Regular worming treatment is therefore very important.

Worm larvae typically migrate around the body of the adult dog, settling and forming cysts in the muscles. When the larvae has formed a cyst it cannot be killed by regular worming treatments. The larvae remain inactive in the body of the adult dog and are only reactivated in a time of stress. Typically, they will become active in pregnancy and infect the foetuses. This is why it is important to worm all puppies.

Worms in dogs are a problem that can actually affect humans as well. Children are especially at risk because they are more likely to come into contact with worm eggs in soil whilst playing. Worm larvae can migrate through the child’s body and have been known to cause lasting eye damage if settling near the back of the eye. Regular treatment for worms in dogs is therefore vital to protect the health of the entire family.

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