Can worms affect a dog’s breathing? The Ultimate Guide

Are there areas where these infections are more common?

Eucoleus aerophilus seems to be found wherever there are dogs or cats. The prevalence of Eucoleus boehmi is not well known, but it seems to be worldwide in distribution. Filaroides hirthi occurs sporadically, and periodically appears in some kennels or in individual dogs. Oslerus osleri tends to occur sporadically and in certain regions. According to a study conducted in 2012, it is a relatively common parasite of coyotes in Nova Scotia. Crenostoma vulpis is widely distributed around the world in the fox population and consequently, in dogs that share the same environment. In Canada, it has spread from Atlantic Canada into other provinces including Quebec and Ontario.

“In summary, prevention, regular testing, flea control, and hygiene offer the best course of action to prevent serious consequences to your dog caused by worms,” advises Dr. Klein. Get Your Free AKC eBook

Your dog can get hookworms from ingesting hookworm larvae from the environment or, in the case of Ancylostoma caninum, the infective larvae can pass from a bitch’s milk to her puppies. Infected dogs can pass hundreds of microscopic eggs in their stool, where they hatch and can remain alive in soil for as long as several months. A dog may eat the infected dirt or lick it from the bottom of its paws, or sniff infected dog feces. Humans can also become infected with hookworms.

There are five main types of worms that commonly affect domestic dogs: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms, and heartworms. Learn what you need to know about worms in dogs to keep your dog safe.

Roundworms are some of the most common intestinal worms in dogs. There are two types of roundworms in dogs: Toxocara canis (T. canis) and Toxascaris leonina. T. canis is more common in puppies and can also be transmitted to humans.

While each parasite affects dogs differently, there are some general warning symptoms that dog owners should be aware of. Intestinal worms may cause:

What are the first signs of worms in dogs?

  • Diarrhea.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Weight loss.
  • Vomiting.
  • Poor coat appearance.
  • Pot-bellied appearance.
  • Lethargy.
  • Dehydration.
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