Types of Worms That Affect Puppies
There are four common worm types that affect a puppy’s digestive tract. They are roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms.
Two types of roundworms infect dogs—Toxocara canis (T. canis) and Toxascaris leonina. Although dogs can get either type of worm, T. canis is much more common in puppies, and they can transmit it to humans.
Roundworms can infect puppies through their mother’s milk or while still in utero. Other ways puppies get infected are by consuming roundworm eggs, which they can find in dirt, other dogs, dead animals, or fecal matter.
People often say roundworms look like spaghetti that moves. They can grow up to a few inches long. Their eggs are generally white, round, and smooth.
What Types Of Worms Are Found In Puppies
Different types of worms could infest your puppy. Some of these parasites can be fatal, so it is important to understand the different types of parasitic worms.
What happens after deworming a puppy?
After deworming, you might notice dead worms in puppy poop. Sometimes, you might notice slight movement but the worms will go on to die. You should also expect your puppy to experience some diarrhea after treatment.
Puppies with high worm burdens might become ill after deworming. This is because when all of the parasites die at once, the lining of the intestines becomes inflamed, causing vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetite. Luckily, this usually resolves on its own and your puppy should feel fine in a couple of days.
It’s important to understand that these treatments won’t prevent your puppy from contracting worms; they work by killing internal parasites that are already present in your puppy at the time of administration. To effectively maintain your pet’s health, you should follow a consistent puppy deworming schedule.
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I have a 4 month old shih tzu, she has had all her puppy shots and worm treatments. Today, I looked at her poop and i see worms. Why, if we have had her treated, would she have worms?
Two main types of worms are common in puppies. Roundworms are the more common and more serious parasite. Puppies usually catch roundworms from their mothers in the uterus or while nursing. Roundworms can spread to humans (especially children) and make us sick.
It isn’t common to see roundworms in a pet’s stool, even if the pet is infested. They are long, thin, and white when they are seen. Most of the time they look like vermicelli noodles.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council and other authorities recommend treating all puppies repeatedly for roundworms. Puppy dewormings usually are designed to remove roundworms.
Tapeworms are a second common type of worm. The most common type of tapeworm is spread by fleas (animals must eat a flea to contract it). Tapeworms are less dangerous than roundworms, although they also can spread to humans–if we eat fleas.
Tapeworm segments frequently are visible in the stool of infested animals. The segments look like rice grains (when wet) or like sesame seeds (when desiccated).
The most commonly used puppy dewormers remove only roundworms. They do not remove tapeworms. I’m guessing that you’re seeing tapeworm segments in your puppy’s stool.
There are, of course, other types of worms as well. I recommend that you take a stool sample to your vet. Analysis of the stool will allow identification and removal of the parasite.
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