It is important that you understand the symptoms of worms in dogs, as this is the only way that you can help your dog if it is suffering from a dog worm infestation.

There are certain types of dog worms that only cause your dog to feel discomfort or experience a moderate illness. But there are others that can threaten your dog's life.

Symptoms Of Worms In Dogs

The first and most obvious symptom that your dog may be worm-infested is weight loss. Dogs who are suffering from a dog worm infestation often lose weight visibly in a relatively short time. Naturally, this can occur if you’re under-feeding your dog. But if you are feeding it properly and the dog still shows signs of weight loss, it most likely has a dog worm problem.

Dog Worms Can Cause A Low Energy Level

Another sign of a possible worm infection is if your dog seems to be losing energy. For example, when your dog is healthy it will use up its energy when you take it on a walk – jumping, bounding and straining at its leash. The same is true if you allow it to run around in a dog park or if you hunt with the dog.

While each dog has a different energy level, you should be able to notice it if your dog acts unwilling to play or go for a walk, or seems to be spending most of its time simply lying around.

Coughing Fits Could Be A Symptom of Dog Worms

If your dog has been heavily infested with worms, it will often have coughing fits and may vomit. If you look closely, you may even be able to see worms in your dog’s vomit. While no one enjoys poking through dog vomit, it is important to do this, especially if your dog is having coughing fits.

A Potbellied Puppy Is A Symptom of Dog Worms

While adult dogs normally do not develop potbellies as the result of a worm infestation, puppies often do. So, if you have a puppy and it has developed a potbelly, it is probably suffering from a worm infestation.

Changes In Appetite Is A Symptom of Dog Worms

You know your dog's appetite. For example, if you feed it twice a day you know whether or not it consumes all or only part of its food at each feeding. However, if you see that your dog is eating irregularly -- skipping its morning meal or eating less than usual -- it may have worms. Also, if your dog is very hungry one day but then shows no appetite the next, this may be a sign of worm problems.

Some Dog Worms Are Passed In The Stool

There are several kinds of worms that can be diagnosed by examining your dog’s stool.

For example, tapeworms or their segments can usually be found in your dog’s stool. You may also find tapeworms in or around your dog’s rear end. For that matter, you might find a tapeworm out in plain sight where your dog has been lying on the floor or on the sofa.

When tapeworm segments dry out, they become round, flat and white and look like grains of rice. So if you suspect your dog may have tapeworms, be sure to check its feces for “grains of rice.”

On the other hand, roundworms can rarely be found in the dog’s stool. In fact, the only real way to diagnose roundworms is through a fecal test that your veterinarian administers.

Mucous-Covered Stools Are A Symptom of Dog Worms

If your dog passes stool that seems to be mucous-covered – especially the last portion of the stool that your dog passes – it may be whipworm infected.

Symptoms Of Worms In Dogs

As you can see, there are a number of different symptoms of worms in dogs. It is important to be aware of these symptoms. Then, if your dog shows any of them, you will know it may have become infected and can have it immediately dewormed – to keep it happy and healthy.

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