Does my dog have worms?
There are several clues that may help you determine if your dog has worms.
Symptoms to look for:
- Worms or worm segments visible in your dog’s stool, vomit, fur, or bedding
- Scratching or rubbing his rear on the ground or “scooting” against furniture
- A bloated belly – especially in puppies
- Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, weight loss
- Dull coat
Even if you do not see any of the symptoms above – your dog may still have worms. Discuss what you see with your veterinarian and have a fecal floatation exam performed to look for the presence of worm eggs.
Which worm treatment should I use?
It is important to know which worm(s) your dog has, as there are several different treatments available:
- Roundworms and hookworms can be treated with a product containing pyrantel pamoate
- Dogs with tapeworms should be treated with praziquantel (available over the counter or from your veterinarian).
- A whipworm infestation may be treated with fenbendazole available from your veterinarian. This dewormer also can be used to treat roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and one species of tapeworm.
- Coccidia should be treated with a sulfonamide antibiotic available from your veterinarian.