Worms that effect dogs
Worms that effect Dogs
There are lots of different kinds of worms that can infect your dog. These include:
These are the most common worms and virtually all young puppies are infected. Toxocara canis can be passed to puppies in the womb, through the milk and from the environment. Infected puppies are usually undersized, generally in poor health and may appear pot bellied. Severe infection may result in death.
These worms are particularly important as they can be transmitted to humans.
Dipylidium caninum is the most common tapeworm and whilst a mild infection is not a serious health concern, it can be uncomfortable for your pet as live tapeworm segments are passed in the faeces. The tapeworm attaches to the intestinal walls and feeds on the pet’s blood resulting in anaemia in cases of severe infection. These tapeworms can end up over a foot long in some cases.
D. caninum needs the flea to complete its lifecycle and therefore fleas can be a source of some tapeworm infections in dogs. To prevent this it is important to maintain both flea and worm treatments for your dog.
Echinococcus multilocularis is a tapeworm found in the EU which can infect people. Treatment for this is required under the Pet Travel Scheme before re-entry to the UK.
Hookworms are uncommon in the UK where they are most often associated with foot dermatitis in kennelled dogs. The more severe disease in Europe may be due to the hookworm species Ancylostoma caninum.
The Trichurus vulpis species of whipworm is also rare in the UK but more common where there are large group of dogs kept together.
For more information on the types of worms that also effect cats click here
If you are in any doubt about the health of your pets always consult your veterinary surgeon