As pet owners, we want to do everything we can to protect our furry loved ones. After all, they give us nothing but love and expect very little in return! That’s why the last thing we want is for our sweet furry friends to feel under the weather.

 

Now that summer is officially here, one of the biggest threats to your pet is parasite infestation. In this post from our veterinarian care team at Normandale Animal Hospital in Edina, we’re breaking down what you need to know to protect your pet from worms. If your dog has any of these symptoms, give us a call about worm treatment right away.

How Worm Infestation Occurs

Pets can contract intestinal parasites in a few different ways. One of the most common methods of contraction is to ingest the worms or microscopic larvae orally. This may occur when dogs ingest infected fleas while grooming or by eating infected rodents. Dogs can also become infected from ingesting infected soil or stool. Additionally, some types of worm larvae can enter a dog’s body through its feet/ Puppies of infected mothers should be treated as they can contract worms from their mother’s milk.

 

These are the most common types of canine-infecting worms:

 

●        Whipworms

●        Tapeworms

●        Hookworms

●        Tapeworms

●        Roundworms

●        Lungworms

●        Heartworms

Symptoms of Worms

Depending on the species of worm, different organs in a dog’s body can be affected including their liver, lungs, and small and large intestine. Early signs of infection can be difficult to identify, so it’s important to contact your veterinarian as soon as possible when symptoms appear. Contact your vet if you notice any of these signs:

 

●        Rice-like particles or worms around the dog’s backside

●        Worms or worm particles in stool or vomit

●        Bloated abdomen

●        Pet dragging or “scooting” backside on the ground

●        Rubbing and scratching rear end

●        Weight loss despite constant eating

●        Diarrhea or bloody diarrhea

●        Dry, persistent cough

●        Anemia

●        Lethargy

●        Dull coat

Treating Your Pet for Worms in Edina

Different species of worms require different treatments. That’s why it’s important to seek advice from a veterinarian care professional. Once your pet has been treated for their worm infection, it’s important to set a schedule for regular preventative treatments with your veterinarian care team.

 

At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, caring for your pet is important to our team. To have your pet treated or schedule an appointment for veterinary services, contact our veterinarians at 952-831-8272 or connect with us online.