How to Treat Worms in Dogs

Facts About Worms In Dogs

Fact #1: Worms affect most dogs at various points in their lives.

Fact #2: Some worms can affect people, especially children and individuals with compromised immune systems.

Fact #3: Dog worms usually won’t go away on their own and some can KILL your dog if not treated in time.

Fact #4: Treating worms in dogs might take multiple attempts, one pill or treatment might not take care of the problem and it’s best to consult a veterinarian before treating any type of worm your dog may have.

How Dog Worms Can Infect Children And Adults

Children and adults can contract roundworms easily by stepping on dog poop accidentally. Children can touch toys or the ground where dogs have pooped and then place their hands in their mouth or rub their eyes, unknowingly taking in the worm larvae or worms. Once inside the body, the worms can travel to the brain, via the liver, lungs and eyes so it’s very important to keep dog waste removed from areas where children play.

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Tapeworms can be contracted by adults or children by swallowing an infected flea. Tapeworms can cause liver disease in people.

Types of Worms Dogs Get

  • Roundworm
  • Tapeworm
  • Hookworm
  • Whipworm
  • Heartworm
  • Ringworm (actually is a fungal infection)

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How Dogs Contract Worms

    • By eating dog fecal matter;
    • By stepping on dog poop and getting the fecal matter into an open wound on a foot or other body part;
    • By licking toys, other dogs or their own body that
    • By ingesting fleas which carry tapeworm;
    • Roundworms are passed from mom to puppy;
    • Mosquitos transmit heartworm; and
    • Ringworm is transmitted by direct contact.


What Worms Look Like

  • Roundworms look like off-white pieces of spaghetti and can get up to 8″ in length.
  • Tapeworms look like little pieces of rice and sit on the stool or stick to the hair near the dog’s anus.
  • Tapeworm isn’t actually one worm, the worms are actually small segments attached together. The individual segments have the tapeworm eggs.
  • Hookworms look like roundworm but have teeth and they move around about 6 times a day to find new feeding spots.
  • Whipworms can be seen under a microscope.
  • Ringworm looks like a small red rash.

How To Treat Worms In Dogs

Veterinarians prescribe liquid worming medicine or administer a worming pill for roundworm, tapeworm, whipworm and hookworm.

Heartworms are treated via a monthly pill.

Ringworm is treated via a sulfur dip prescribed by a veterinarian.

If you think your dog has worms, call your veterinarian immediately and follow their instructions. Some will want you to bring in a stool sample for accurate diagnosis.

Puppies are highly susceptible to worms and puppy parents need to be vigilant about treating these youngsters or anemia and serious illness and death can occur.

Cleaning Areas Affected By Worms

It’s very important to clean any area that a dog with worms has been in and to remove ALL fecal matter from the yard or living area.

Carpets should be vacuumed, floors should be swept and mopped, ESPECIALLY if the dog has had bowel movements on the flooring.

Outside kennel runs should be cleared of fecal matter, swept, cleaned and disinfected with a product specifically made to kill virus, worms and other pathogens.

Wash your hands thoroughly after cleaning these areas.

Early Prevention

Before adopting a new dog, make sure they’ve been wormed. If the puppy or dog hasn’t been wormed, have your veterinarian check and you can inspect the fecal matter to see if you notice any of these types of worms. But remember, you might not be able to detect them so a vet check is important.

If you’ve adopted a new dog and he seems to be losing weight or showing other symptoms such as lethargy, constant eating, vomiting or diarrhea, have your veterinarian check him out for worms, viruses or parasites.

NOTE: Parvovirus and certain types of worms can live in soil for months and even years, regardless of weather. Talk to your veterinarian about how to treat the ground, grass and soil if your dog has parvovirus or worms that can live in the soil.

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