Symptoms of Dog Worms

Symptoms of dog worms can vary greatly. Some Golden Retrievers show no signs of worms, while others can have lots of symptoms.

In puppies, the severity of intestinal worms, depends upon how early your puppy started his worming schedule.

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This obviously is out of your control, unless you have bred your Golden Retrievers, and kept one of your own pups.

By the time you obtain your puppy, the early worming schedule will have passed, since wormings begin at 2 weeks of age.

If your dog was not properly wormed, or if he has a lot of puppy worms, then he may require additional wormings to rid him of these.

The most obvious sign of roundworms, is to either see one in his stool, or in his vomit. It is somewhat rare for a pup to vomit up a roundworm or two, but it does happen.

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Hookworms and whipworms can not actually be seen.

Although whipworms do not usually show any signs, hookworms do.

When your dog has a bowel movement, you may see blood.

Although, the blood is sometimes “separate”, almost as if he had one normal stool, then had another bloody, mucous-like stool along with the normal one.

That is usually definite symptoms of hookworms, and rather unsettling to see!

Other symptoms of worms in dogs may include a bloated belly, on and off diarrhea, and poor weight gain.

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Tapeworms are caused by your dog eating fleas, or consuming wild game, such as rabbits that have eaten flea eggs.

Though tapeworms do not have a lot of symptoms, you may occasionally see what looks like rice in your Golden’s stool, or even see white pieces of the tapeworm around his anus.

Heartworms have very few symptoms, but are extremely dangerous.

They are hard to treat and many times the dog does not survive.

These symptoms of dog worms can include coughing or breathing difficulties.

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Some of the worms in dogs can be killed with the same medications, and some of them will need to be treated individually.

Whipworms and other intestinal parasites explains how to treat dog worms, along with more in-depth information about them.

Now that you know some of the possible symptoms to watch for, your Golden Retriever can easily and effectively be treated for these parasites and live a long, and healthy life!

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