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What are the signs of worms in dogs?

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Tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms are common internal parasites in dogs. And although any worm infestation can make your pooch uncomfortable, some, like hookworms, can be fatal in puppies. Signs your dog may have worms include:

  • Diarrhea (may be bloody)
  • Weight loss
  • A change in appetite
  • A rough, dry coat
  • Scooting on their bottom
  • Vomiting (with roundworms in particular)
  • An overall poor appearance

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2020

Medically Reviewed on 9/10/2020

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2020

SOURCES:

American Veterinary Medical Association: "What You Should Know About Internal Parasites in Cats and Dogs."

Veterinary Partner: "Hot Spots (Acute Moist Dermatitis, Pyotraumatic Dermatitis, Superficial Pyoderma," "Vomiting and Diarrhea," "Ear Infections (Otitis Externa)."

Healthy Pet: "Intestinal Parasites," "Un-Fun Facts About Fleas."

ASPCA: "Fleas," "Ear Infections," "Vomiting," "Diet to Prevent Diarrhea."

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on September 10, 2020

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