My dog has worms in his poop, is he ill?

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There are several kinds of parasitic worms that can cause your pal to suffer. One of the most typical ways to know he has them is by checking his feces; this is a great daily habit to develop, by the way. There, you can find traces of these parasitic worms, and even blood.

The first thing you have to do in this case is seek advice from one of our online vets, and remember, never give your furry friend medication without first consulting a specialist. Taking a picture of his poop is a good way to speed up the diagnosis.

Most common types of parasites in dogs

Tapeworms, whipworms, hookworms and roundworms are the most common types of parasites that will find a suitable place to live inside your dog. Let’s begin with tapeworms, how do you know these are the ones that are harming your buddy?

Tapeworms, as well as whipworms, reach the intestinal tract of your furry friend through ingestion. If your dog has had fleas recently and there are still some left alive in your home, he can eat them by accident. Since fleas usually carry tapeworm eggs, this is one of the main ways your dog can become infected, but eating the feces of another dog with tapeworms leads to an infection, too.

In addition to the white-rice-like spots in his poop, you will know that he has parasites because he will be weak, will have diarrhea and he will need to sleep a lot.

Whipworms in dogs: symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

Whipworms will end up in his large intestine if he smells, licks or eats something from the place where these parasites live. But be extra careful, because these worms can live for up to five years in the trash or in a park, waiting for a dog to offer them a new home. That’s why you must always watch your four-legged friend without letting him stick his nose into the garbage. It’s a good idea to put away your mobile phone for a minute and pay attention to your pooch.

If he gets infected with a lot of these nasty little creatures, you will discover blood in his feces and some not-so-alive whipworms. As the name suggests, these are long and thin like whips. If you notice any of these signs, make a consultation appointment right now with our veterinarians.

My DOG POOPED BLOOD and mucus. Dog blood in stool jelly like

Does your dog's poop have red blood, with a bit of mucus or vomit? If your dog's poop looks like jelly, something serious might be happening, especially if we are talking about diarrhea with blood.

Causes of internal bleeding in dogs? Yes, the culprits are whipworms or hookworms

Hookworms are the worst kind of parasitic worms. They have a mouth full of sharp teeth. They use them to bite your dog’s insides, eating his intestinal tissues and even causing him to bleed internally. In some cases, your dog can die because of the hookworms if you don’t act fast enough. The symptoms and the methods of contagion are similar to those of other worms: pain, blood in his feces, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea.

This does not mean that if your dog has diarrhea with traces of blood he has hookworms, of course. It may be an ulcer or another stomach problem. Sometimes your bowwow eats something rotten and his body reacts like this. If you remember watching him eating another dog’s poop, let our vets know when you make your query.

Long spaghetti-like worms in your dog’s poop?

This is the easiest way to see your dog has roundworms, but if these parasites appear in his feces that means the infestation is severe. You can find out if he has a worm problem if you touch his abdomen and it’s hard, if he is more tired than ever, doesn’t want to eat, shows signs of pain, loses weight and, as with the other worms, has diarrhea.

The only way to eliminate roundworms, whipworms, hookworms or tapeworms is to first take note of all the symptoms your dog has. If he has diarrhea that is watery or has blood in it, tell our online veterinarians. Shape and color are important too. Try to remember the day he ate or licked something that you suspect might have contained worms. Also ask yourself: how long has he been feeling sick or sore? Does he eat? Has he lost weight?

Tell all of this to our online veterinarian to find out if your dog has worms or not. Analyzing which kind of parasite he is suffering from will help to decide on the best course of treatment. Remember to not give him any medicine without consulting a professional first, because he may be suffering a gastric torsion instead, and so deworming medication would cause him major pain.