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How does the vet diagnose your dog with worms?

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Most worms that infect dogs -- including roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, and whipworms -- live in the intestines. That’s the first place for your vet will look.

If it’s time for your dog’s annual check-up, or if you or your vet thinks your dog has worms, provide a fresh stool sample. Simply scoop up some of your pet’s poop, seal it in a clean plastic bag, and bring it to the appointment. If you can't do that, your vet can take a sample during the office visit. He'll check it under a microscope to see if it has worms, and, if so, what kind.

From: How Do You Deworm Dogs and Puppies? WebMD Medical Reference

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Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: ''Intestinal Parasites in Dogs and Cats.''

American Heartworm Society: ''Heartworm Basics.''

American Veterinary Medical Association: ''Heartworm Disease.''

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Baker Institute for Animal Health: ''Infections - A. braziliense, A. caninum, and U. stenocephala'' and ''An Overview of Canine Roundworm Infections.''

Companion Animal Parasite Council: ''CAPC Recommendations” and “Dog Owners: Roundworms.”

Humane Society of Central Illinois: ''Heartworms.''

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Parasites: Animals (Zoonotic).''

Chomel B, Sun B. , published online Feb. 2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

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