Responsible Pet Ownership Means Preventing Worms In Dogs

The term ‘worms in dogs’ is used to describe many different internal parasites which can infect our pets. Treatment for worms in dogs can be bought at veterinary surgeries and pet shops and it is important to use them regularly. Worming is a vital part of responsible dog care.

There are two types of infections of worms in dogs which are common in the UK. They are called roundworms and tapeworms. Unfortunately many puppies are born with a roundworm infection so they are very hard to avoid. This underlines the importance of worming our dogs regularly, especially during puppyhood.

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. In other words, they eat your dog’s food! In cases of serious infection, there can be several roundworms living inside a dog at once. This is why in severe cases of infection, dogs will appear malnourished, tired and have a dull coat.

In adult dogs, the roundworm larvae often form cysts within the muscles in which they lay dormant. 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. Even giving the mother dog worm treatment will not get rid of the worms in the unborn puppies. 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. Then toehr dogs pick up the eggs from the soil. Toxocara Canis is the most common roundworm and it can infect children when they come into contact with the eggs playing in contaminated soil. The worm larvae may then migrate around the child’s body and can cause serious and permanent damage to eyesight if they reach the back of teh retina. Because of the potential implications of worms in dogs for canine and hu8man health, regular worming treatment is a massive part of responsible dog ownership.

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