In this article, we will be taking a look at how to tell if your dog has worms or not. We have seen a number of people looking for quick and easy ways to work out if their dogs have worms so we decided to publish this article. There’s nothing worse than suspecting that your dog may have worms and potentially be in pain while feeling helpless to help your dog.
Our hope is that this article will help any of our readers who are looking for a way to check if their dog has worms or not. Our other articles linked below can then be used to help you choose the best course of action for actually treating the works in your dog.
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How To Tell If Your Dog Has Worms
Although we will be covering them in more detail throughout the article, the five main ways to tell if your dog has worms or not are as follows:-
- Visual Indications
- Backside Rubbing
- Excessive Itching
- Bad Skin And Coat
There are two main visual indications that you can look out for. The first is if your dog has worms on its skin or in its fur. Prominent areas to check are around the butt, paws and lower legs. You are looking for small thing white worms that are usually obvious to see and stick out unless your dog has a white coat.
The second and most common visual indication is worms in your dog’s poop. Once your dog does its business, have a quick check for small thin white worms in its poop. The video below is a good example of what to look for when checking your dog’s poop for worms.
Another common indicator that your dog may have worms is that is will drag its backside across the carpet. That said if you see your dog scooting this does not automatically mean that it has worms as there are a number of reasons that your dog may do this. These include itching or cleaning its behind and extracting its anal glands.
Although most dog owners will probably be familiar with the action of scooting, the video below shows a dog scooting its bottom.
Again, there can be a number of reasons that your dog may start to lose weight so sudden weight loss does not automatically mean that your dog has worms. That said, a sudden drop in your dog’s weight could mean that there are worms in its stomach consuming your dog’s food.
Although itching is normal, excessive itching can be an indication of either a skin condition or certain types of worms. You will probably know your dog’s normal itching routines even if you have only subliminally picked it up over the years. If you feel that your dog has suddenly increased how much it is itching, keep an eye out for other indicators on this list.
Bad Skin And Coat
Again, there are a number of different reasons your dog’s skin or coat could deteriorate, a worm infestation is one of them. Usually if your dogs skin or coat is deteriating due to worms then other indicators from this list will be present too.