How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs In 3 Easy Steps

Has your dog been showing any of the worm infestation symptoms? Have him ready so he can be checked by your vet immediately to know if he has worms. Always remember to consult your vet immediately before symptoms start getting serious.

Dealing with dog worms is almost inevitable so I have included a short info on the different types of worms if people can get infected too (yikes!), a list of symptoms that you have to watch out for, and steps on how to make your dog worm free.

From one dog lover to another, I hope my list can aid you in your quest for canine parasitic worm prevention and cure. Here are 3 super easy steps to follow if you want to get rid of worms in dogs.

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While walking in the park, my dog Coco suddenly went number 2, which means I had the honor of picking it up after. To my utter surprise, I saw some squiggly tiny things moving in his stool. It was worms, and it was not a pretty sight like something straight out of a sci-fi flick.

How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs In 3 Easy Steps

After sanitizing my hand for the nth time, I started to get concerned with my furry friend’s health. I know about dog worms and that it brings about a lot of diseases but then again I do not know much about it and how to get rid of worms in dogs seems to be a question that I do not have a clue how to answer.

When my dog and I got home I called my vet, explained to him about my canine worm situation and that I was worried that my dog might have caught something from those parasites. He explained to me that it is a common occurrence and that there are many ways to safely rid my dog of worms.

He asked me to take Coco to him the next day to check him further. While we were at the vet, his assistant taught me a few things about worms that I am eager to share with you.

Types Of Worms

There are several types of worms in dogs and I’ve listed down five of the most common ones. It is good to know which type of worm affects your dog to have a more effective treatment.

Types Of Dog Worms
  • Heartworms - is the most serious and deadly among all the dog worm types and is often transmitted by mosquitos.
    This type of worm is very hard to treat once your dog has been affected and like with most sickness, prevention is always better than cure. Ask your vet on what course of action to take to prevent heart worms.
  • Tapeworms - are often spread when you dog accidentally swallow (like when he grooms himself) a contaminated flea or from eating contaminated meat and are one of the most common types of worms in dogs.
    Tapeworms can also be transmitted to people but do not worry too much because it can easily be cured with the right medication. Tapeworms do not show immediate symptoms to the dog but if left untreated can cause serious issues.
  • Roundworms - is the most common type of dogs in worms and can often be easily spotted in a dog’s stool. Puppies are the ones most susceptible to have this since they often get it in their mommy’s womb.
    They look like thin noodles and may grow up to seven inches in length. It is also transferrable to humans so be sure to always wash your hands after interacting with a contaminated dog.
  • Hookworms - is also a common type of dog worm and are fatal for puppies because it causes extreme anemia. They thrive is soil and feces and can be transmitted by ingesting it. People can also get infected by walking barefoot in parks or areas where dogs had defecated.
    They are grayish in color and grow to just about half an inch. The hookworm does its damage by attaching itself to the intestinal lining and starts sucking your canine’s blood. Puppies are often the victims of hook worms, as most adults have already grown immune to it.
  • Whipworms - causes irritation to the colon, where they often hang out and will often result in bloody diarrhea. Whipworms are not that minuscule like some of the others in the list and can grow to 3 inches in length.
    They are exclusive to dogs and are often caught from ingesting contaminated food or water. It has a high rate if re-infection so do have your dog checked regularly just to be sure.

Signs Of Worms

According to Ceasar Milan’s page, there are 11 common symptoms of a worm infestation.

Symptoms of worms in dogs

These are the following:

  • Diarrhea.
  • Lethargy.
  • Unusually big belly.
  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Change in appetite.
  • Vomiting.
  • Coughing.
  • Poor hair quality.
  • Scooting.
  • Skin irritations.
  • Worms in stool.

How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs

Now, that we know the different types of dog worms and the symptoms it manifests, the million-dollar question comes next, how do we get rid of it? Based on my talk with my vet’s assistant, I have listed down 3 steps to rid your dog of those pesky little worms.

1

SEE IF YOUR DOG HAS WORMS

Has your dog been showing any of the listed symptoms above? Have him ready so he can be checked by your vet immediately to know if he has worms. Always remember to consult your vet immediately before symptoms start getting serious.

How To Get Rid Of Worms In Dogs

You vet will typically get a stool sample for some fecal test and also order a blood test to be done to check for heart worms. Usually, the vets will check by flotation test in which a fecal sample will be placed in a solution wherein the worm eggs will float on the top and will later be double checked through a microscope.

If you dog tested positive in the stool test, ask your vet about the best method on how to get rid of worms in dogs and see what will work best for you and your pet. If it is heartworms that your canine companion tested positive in, talk to your vet and insist that your dog receives treatment immediately.

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KNOW YOUR OPTIONS

For typical worm infestation cases, your dog will most likely be prescribed a medication called a "dewormer". It is an easy to find a drug that kills the worms in your fur buddy’s belly.

It starts off by killing the adult worms in the intestine and then goes for eggs after that. It usually takes a few rounds of medication with a few days interval for the worms to be completely gone.

Always remember not to do any of this without consulting your trusted veterinarian. Check out this video on how to give your dog a tablet or deworming pill to better explain about deworming:

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PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN CURE

The most important way to prevent any parasitic worms infesting inside your canine buddy is to make sure that the dog has a good quality of life. If the dog has a strong immune system chances are that he would not be a good host to any worms. And on the chance that your dog gets worms in his intestinal tracts then there is a good chance that he will just eliminate the parasitic invaders naturally.

One good way to ensure your dog has a sturdy immune system is to feed him good all natural food, they may be more expensive but hey, your loyal best friend deserves the best right?

Natural, organic dog's food in a bowl with ingredients zucchini, carrot, eggs and raw meat

There are several treats you can give your dog from time to time to aid his fight against worms. The following are examples:

  • Digestive enzymes.
  • Trace minerals.
  • Papaya.
  • Vegetables like carrots, squash, and fennel.

Another cautionary step that you should take is making sure to keep your pets haunts clean. This is especially important for those who have other dogs in their houses and yards. Pick up feces left by other animals as they may contain worms that could spread to other dogs.

how to prevent worms in dogs

Make sure to keep the area where your pet roams and make sure that it is pest free. Rats also play host to worms, which they can transfer to your beloved pooch. Make sure your dog does not have access to unknown sources of water and make sure to eradicate fleas.

Empty out the trash whenever you can and throw out any stagnant water within your dog’s vicinity. Mosquitoes, as I stated above, are carriers of heartworms and tend to breed in these places. If this clean up is a bit of a task for you, hire a professional to make sure your house is pest free.

This short video shows ways on how to prevent worms in dogs, do check it out for more information:

The next method in worm prevention is something I would only suggest if you are not comfortable with the techniques above. You can always go to your vet to inquire about a deworming plan for your canine. Some known deworming meds are Milbemax and Panacur. Again this should be a last resort method of preventing worms in dogs.

Well, there you have it, the three super effective ways to rid your dog of worms. From one dog lover to another, I hope my list can aid you in your quest for canine parasitic worm prevention and cure.

As for my beloved Coco, he is back playing in the park with his other hopefully worm free friends. All she needed was medicine, a bit of time out from the outdoors, and some tender loving care. I can now pick up his poopsie without losing my lunch.

What do you think is the best way to get rid of worms in dogs? If you have any stories and comments about getting your dog worm free, go ahead and write in the comments below.

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Hi, I’m Sara and I would like to thank you for checking out my blog. I have been around dogs since I was kid and I cannot imagine life without one. So now, I am sharing with you the knowledge I have accumulated over the years and hopefully it helps you too.

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