Your dog is almost always at risk to contract a dog worm infection. The reasons for this are that dogs will eat almost anything and they are scavengers. If you don't believe this, just watch what your dog does next time he or she is let out in your yard. Chances are, the second thing it will do -- after relieving itself -- is to start sniffing around trying to find something to eat. For that matter, dogs will even eat feces that may be infected with worm larvae, and may drink contaminated water. Plus, there are certain worms that can infect your dog directly through his skin when its lying down.

Dog Worm Prevention

One good way to keep your dog from becoming worm infected is to watch carefully and not allow it to eat fecal matter or animal carcasses such as those of rodents, rabbits and birds. The reason for this is that these carcasses can carry immature worms, which will then mature into adult worms after your dog ingests them.

However, the best way to keep your dog worm free is to make sure it gets an annual check-up. The most dangerous intestinal parasite that can infect your dog is heartworms. However, there is no effective way to prevent your dog from contacting these worms. In fact, the only way they can be diagnosed is via a blood test administered by your vet.

Avoid Stray Animals And Wildlife

It is also important that you keep your dog away from stray animals or wildlife, as they often carry dog fleas and other parasites that could infect your dog. You may also want to keep your dog away from any dog parks that are not well maintained, as these can also be a source of parasites.

Be sure to keep your dog flea-free, as it is only through fleas that your dog can contact tapeworms. The fleas don't even have to bite your dog -- all that needs to happen is for your dog to eat the flea when licking itself. The dog will then digest the flea, releasing a tiny tapeworm that will ultimately grow into an adult that is three to five inches long or even longer.

Inspect Your Dog For Worms

While checking your dog's anus may not be the most pleasant thing to do, it is important to look at it periodically for signs of worms. It is especially easy to spot tapeworms or tapeworm segments. When these segments dry out, they become flat, round and white and look like small grains of rice. If you spot these in your dogs stool, you can be sure that it has tapeworms and needs to be dewormed. You might also see tapeworms themselves around or in your dog’s anus. For that matter, and this is really unpleasant, you might see a tapeworm lying on the floor or sofa after your dog gets up and walks away.

Talk With Your Vet About Dog Worms

Finally, you should have your veterinarian check your dog's stool specimens when it has its annual check-up, as this is a sure-fire away to detect intestinal worms.

As you can see, preventing worms in dogs is relatively easy. Worm prevention products are both inexpensive and easy to administer to your dog. When you next take your dog in for its normal checkout, you can discuss worm prevention with your vet. He or she will advise you as to whether or not you should use a preventative dog worm medicine and, if so, how to administer it -- to keep your dog happy and worm-free.

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