|Worms are tiny little parasites, that can cause discomfort and health
problems to your puppy. Many puppies are usually born with worms due to
the transfer of worms from their mother. These worms are present in the
intestinal part of the puppy. Previously, it was believed that worms are
passed to puppies only from their mothers. However, it is not true and
puppies can be infested with worms due to many other means. These worms
migrate in the form of eggs from infected carrier like mice to the
puppies' body. These worms are even passed through feces. Worms are
ingested in puppies even from environment. Worms in puppies should be
treated quickly to avoid further health complications, because these
worms can cause damage to vital organs like heart and lead to serious
health consequences. However, worms in puppies is quite a common problem
and is easy to deal. Some of the symptoms of worms in puppies are:
Worms in Puppies
- Bloated abdomen
- Loss in weight
- Mucus covered feces
- Lack of energy
To kill worms in puppies, it is necessary to identify the type of worm
the puppy is affected with. Roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms
and heartworms are different types of worms that are found in puppies. A
brief discussion on each of these worms in puppies in given below.
These are most common type of worms in puppies and
are generally passed in the form of egg/larvae from the mother of the
puppies, i-e, if their mother is infected. Roundworms can also be passed
through feces of other infected dog/puppy. Roundworms in puppies are
intestinal parasites and they grow up to a length of 13 centimeters.
Hookworms: Hookworms in puppies are very tiny worms, that attach
to the intestinal walls of the puppy and suck blood. These worms can
enter into puppy's body through its skin and reach its intestine.
Hookworms are found in moist areas and even humans can get infected by
Heartworms: Mosquitoes are the carriers that can infect your puppy with heartworms.
As the name suggests, heartworms attack the heart of the puppy and
cause serious fatal problems. Heartworms in puppies should not be
neglected and a timely appropriate treatment is necessary.
Tapeworms: One more type of common worms in puppies are
tapeworms. Tapeworms in puppies are transferred by fleas. Other carriers
of tapeworms can be rodents and birds. Tapeworms can be seen in the
feces of the puppy and they are white in color with a size equal to that
of a small grain of rice. These worms are present in the intestine of
the puppy and grow up to a length of 15 centimeters.
Whipworms: Whipworms in puppies are not so easy to detect.
Frequent fecal tests need to be done to ensure if the puppy has been
Treatment for Worms in Puppies
If you suspect that your puppy is infected by worms then consult a
veterinarian. Veterinarian will ask you to get the fecal samples of your
puppy, to confirm the presence of any type of worm. Sometimes, fecal
samples do not prove useful in diagnosing the presence of the worm and
the veterinarian will take a blood sample of the puppy. The
veterinarians provide appropriate medication to treat worms in puppies.
These de-worming medications are very useful and your puppy will be free
of worms very soon. Preventive measures should be taken for getting rid
of worms in puppies. Veterinarians recommend that all the puppies
should be given the de-worming medications after six weeks of their
Worms in puppies can cause serious threat to the puppy health if it not
treated at the earliest. Getting rid of worms in puppies is very easy
and once done the puppy can lead a healthy life again.