Types of Worms That Pets Can Get

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June 21, 2011
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Our pets can get worms, especially if they are outside and exploring the world around them. We’re usually warned about fleas, ticks, and heartworms but there are a bunch of other types of worms that we need to be aware of as well that can affect our pets and cause problems.

Here are 5 types that our pets are susceptible to:

1: Tapeworms: These worms are segmented and resemble uncooked rice. Animals can get tapeworms from ingesting an infected flea while grooming themselves. Tapeworms can be seen sometimes in the fecal matter moving or stuck in the fur on the backside of your dog or cat.

2: Roundworms: These are often transmitted from animals eating other fecal matter or a dead animal. Sometimes roundworms are transferred from a mother to a nursing puppy or kitten. Symptoms to look for are a loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may even see them in your pet’s fecal matter. They resemble earthworms.

3: Hookworms: These worms are dangerous because they feed off your pet’s blood and cause anemia. Hookworms are transmitted from eating dirt that is infected, a dead animal, or directly through skin contact with infected areas. Symptoms of having hookworms include bloody fecal, weakness, lethargy, and anemia.

4: Whipworms: Whipworms also feed off of blood and your pet must ingest the eggs to become infected. Symptoms may include weight loss and diarrhea. They can be hard to diagnose since they produce very few eggs and can be a pain to get rid of.

5: Ringworm: This is not actually a worm but rather a fungus infection. It is also known as dermatophytosis. If you notice missing fur or scaly spots, check the pattern to see if it’s a circular one. Ringworm can be transferred from person to pet, and pet to pet.

To treat any of these problems, a trip to the vet is necessary. Your vet will test to see what type of worm your pet has and what course of treatment is necessary. You’ll often also be asked to follow up after treatment to make sure all the worms are gone.

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