The term ‘worms in dogs’ is used to describe many different internal parasites which can infect our pets. Owners can buy treatments for worms in dogs from pet shops and veterinary practices and should use them regularly. Worming is a vital part of responsible dog care.

In the UK there are two types of worms in dogs which are very common. They are called roundworms and tapeworms. Sadly, because many puppies are infected at birth, roundworms are incredibly difficult to avoid. It is therefore important to worm pets, especially puppies, regularly.

Although many infected dogs will show no outward symptoms of roundworms, compared to other worms in dogs, they can have serious consequences. Mature roundworms live in the intestines, where they feed on the contents. This means that they eat your dog’s food. In cases of serious infection, there can be several roundworms living inside a dog at once. It isn’t surprising to find a heavily infested dog can be malnourished, lacking in energy and displaying a dull coat.

Inside adult dogs, roundworms may remain dormant in cysts inside the muscles. They then reawaken later on, often at times of stress. It is very common for them to be awoken by pregnancy, prompting them to migrate around the body and infect the unborn puppies. Treating the pregnant dog for worms will not rid the puppies of their infestation. This is why worms in dogs are such a big problem to new born puppies.

mature worms release eggs which are passed in the dog’s faeces leading soil to become contaminated. Other dogs pick up the eggs from the environment. The most common roundowmr in the UK is the Toxocara Canis and it can infect humans, especially children who come into contact with the eggs playing in contaminated soil or sand. Worm larvae can migrate around the child’s body and will cause irreparable eye damage is they reach the retina. It is therefore very important to regularly treat worms in dogs.

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