Does my dog have worms?

Worms (internal parasites) in dogs are very common and they are also very treatable. Regular dog worm treatment should prevent your dog picking up worms, but you may still see them. Puppies sometimes arrive at their new owners home with worms already present.

<h2>Here are some common symptoms of worms in dogs<h/2>

You can see worms or eggs in your dog’s faeces: This is the most common way to confirm that your dog has worms. However, not all kinds of worms are visible to the naked eye.

Your dog may scratch or rub their rear on the ground or against furniture: Worms can cause irritation around the rear area, and the resulting itchiness can make your dog try to relieve the itch. However, this behaviour could also be due to issues completely unrelated to worms, such as problems with their anal glands. See your vet if your dog shows this behaviour, just to be safe.

Seeing visible worms in your dog’s vomit: If your dog has worms, you may also see them in your dog's vomit – it’s a key symptom of worms. 

Your dog’s stomach is bloated: This is another common symptom of worms, often seen in puppies who acquire worms from their mother.

Your dog seems weak, has increased appetite, constant hunger or weight loss: If your dog has worms, the worms are basically stealing your dog’s nutrition. Your dog may be weak or constantly hungry, and in severe cases, may be losing weight. As these could be signs of a number of health issues, it’s important to see your vet for a diagnosis and treatment.

Your dog has diarrhoea: Diarrhoea can also be indicative of other serious conditions, and so you should contact your vet, especially if you see blood in the faeces. 

No symptoms: Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms of worm infestations. In these cases the only way to diagnose a worm infection is by a faecal examination, conducted by your vet. 

So, if you see any of these worm symptoms, or if your dog just seems off to you, it’s better to be safe than sorry and contact your vet. 

Learn more about worms here. 

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