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How to Tell What Types of Worms Your Dog Has




How to tell what types of worms your dog has is difficult at best, requiring some hands-on knowledge and lots of dog experience. Even better, a close relationship with the family vet is much needed. What most people are not aware of is that worms in dogs are not always bad, if you know how to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

It is a known fact that parasite eggs and worms in dog poop are quite common. But it is important to know how to tell what types of dog worms your dog has at any given time is part of maintaining their good health. Learning when and how to treat your dog for worm prevention is pretty much mandatory.

Deworming programs for types of worm in dogs

Knowing how to tell what types of worms your dog is providing a home to will keep your dog happy and healthy. Routine deworming programs help prevention worm infestations by staying in contact with your vet or staying aware of what is going on with your dog.

worms in dogs

Tapeworms that break into rice-looking particles.  Credit: Wikipedia

One example is tapeworms. At one time or another, dogs can become infected with massive infestations of parasites through infected fleas, the source of tapeworms. But parasites can also begin with eating bad food, or coming into contact with an infected animal which may require some powerful dog wormers.

The truth is, the only time parasites or worms in dogs can become dangerous and deadly is when the dog develops a low immunity system. This prevents the dog from controlling them on its own, allowing dog worms to massively increase in numbers. If the dog is healthy, well-rested, and well-fed, its healthy immune system is designed to keep the parasites or worms at bay on their own … or by using quality worms.

Types of worms in dogs and young puppies

Roundworms and young puppies go hand in hand, while adult dogs tend to run toward tapeworms, heart worms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms.  Those listed are the most common worms known to affect dogs. Puppies are born with roundworms, and if left untreated, will die. General symptoms of worm infestations in puppies are as follows:

  • Anemia with white gums, if left untreated
  • Appetite this large and continuous hunger, but severe weight loss
  • Coughing, mild to severe, from worm irritation in lungs and esophagus
  • Diarrhea or loose stools
  • Disturbances of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Scratching, particularly around the base of the tail
  • Temperatures that cause the pup to feel warm
  • Vomiting and vomiting up roundworms from the pup’s esophagus

No matter what type of worms your dog has, they all show symptoms of some type or another. It is up to you to know what those symptoms are in regard to what dog worm, instead of waiting to go to the vet for a physical and “accidentally” finding it out after a lot of damage has already occurred inside your dog. As dog worms begin to develop into worm infestations, the various organs inside your dog’s body will become compromised an adult dog can develop the following symptoms. Symptoms between adult dogs and puppies are similar in some areas, yet not in others:

  • Apathy and sluggishness, almost appearing lazy.
  • Their coat will look rather “bedraggled” and rough in spots.
  • Most dogs will begin to drink lots of water…more than usual in all types of weather.
  • They will lose weight everywhere but in their belly, which will appear bloated due to the growing amount of worms.
  • Thin as they will become, they will have no appetite.
  • After awhile, they will develop a persistent cough.
  • Many worms will travel into the stomach/esophagus area, causing vomiting).
  • Diarrhea with bloody or mucous in their stools with occasional signs of the worms themselves.

The time the owner first notices the symptoms of dog worms until the first treatment begins can make a lot of difference in the health of the dog. If left untreated too long,  worm-affected dogs will become seriously ill and end up dying. Knowing how to tell what type of worms your dog has involves knowing what the symptoms of each worms are.

>> Learn how to get rid of dog worms for good here…

Specific symptoms for types of worms in dogs

~ Specific symptoms of tapeworms

Adult tapeworm

Adult tapeworm with segments

If a dog has flatworms known as “tapeworms“, they will be easy to recognize by eyesight and are the least harmful to the dog. They look like small rice-like white segments  seen around the dog’s rectal area or they can be found in the dog’s stools.

Transferred to dogs by infected fleas, these broken off tapeworm segment will also be in the dog’s bedding, their favorite chair, and on the floor. The dog dewormer for tapeworms is available at the vets or over-the-counter at pet and feed stores– dog deworming naturally or with traditional medicine.

  • It is possible for no symptoms or very mild symptoms to be displayed in the affected dog
  • A certain degree of digestive symptoms (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, gas, or abdominal pain)
  • Scooting across the floor while whining,  due to itching and being uncomfortable
  • Restlessness with some abdominal pain
  • Hunger with weight loss
  • Tapeworms in the stools or around rectum or anus

~ Specific Symptoms of Roundworms

roundworms

The roundworm eggs can live several years before hatching.

The roundworm has a long sticky spaghetti-look to it and can be found in the dog’s vomit or stools,  considered the most frequent worm found in both dogs and cats.  Dogs are affected by two species of the roundworm–(1) toxocara canis and (2) toxascaris leonina. Of these species, both adult roundworms live in a dog’s stomach and intestines, able to grow to seven inches in length.  The female roundworm may lay up to 200,000 eggs daily, able to live in the soil for years.

  • One of the symptoms in dogs over six months of age is they will have no symptoms.
  • Older dogs develop an acquired resistance to roundworms, yet carry the eggs in a dormant form.
  • Puppies eight weeks or older produce mild vomiting or diarrhea due to roundworm infestation. The worms will be visible in the stools and in the vomit.
  • Puppies under eight weeks of age and heavily infested with roundworms will fail to thrive. They will have a potbelly, dull coat, anemic (white gums), stunted in growth, vomiting, diarrhea and eventually die.
  • Normally, all puppies at birth should be wormed routinely every two, four, six, and eight weeks of age  with the mother. The mother should be wormed before and when she is bred, with routine roundworm treatments up until she whelps the puppies.

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67 Responses:

  1. Krystle

    - 16th Nov, 12 11:11am

    I have never dealt with a dog with worms before, but have just noticed our dog has some in her stool. Thank you for your information, it was very helpful! I believe she has tapeworms, my concern is we have two small children and are currently visiting family who also have dogs. Is this type of worm easily transferred to other dogs and can it be transferred to children?

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  2. WayCoolDogs

    - 16th Nov, 12 12:11pm

    Krystle – Cats or dogs or any mammal cannot pass tapeworms directly to another cat or dog. Tapeworms themselves are not contagious. They come directly from a flea that is the carrier. If another animal comes into contact with the flea eggs, it will obtain tapeworms. The eggs have to be ingested by the flea who then passes it on when he lands on a dog or cat and bites them. Most people dose their animals with natural or tradition medicine to prevent it, but a good idea is to go to a vet and get a professional diagnosis, then begin to treat your dog with the best preventive monthly.

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  3. craigy.

    - 6th Dec, 12 03:12am

    Thanks for a very informative bit of info!!

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  4. Bernice

    - 13th Jan, 13 12:01pm

    My miniature chihuahua passed a white worm that looked like a white grain of rice. It looked flat & moved like an inch worm. What kind of worm is this?? How is it treated?

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  5. Allie

    - 25th Jan, 13 12:01pm

    What products can I purchase over the counter to deworm my dog? I have 7 shih-tzu’s and have never had an issue with worms. But when my mother passed I got her dog who I noticed has tape worm. Taking ALL of my dogs to the vet all at once is extremely expensive. If I could treat all of them at home that would be wonderful! And if I only notice one dog to have them, should I go ahead and treat all of them or just the one?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 14th Feb, 13 05:02pm

      Usually feed stores, like Tractor Supply or Orschelins, have pet sections with medical products. They have several over the counter meds that treat tapeworms. But the best tapeworm meds are Droncit, Cestex, Drontal Plus, and Vercom Paste. Since they come from fleas, the med will do no good unless the flea communities are controlled and dogs are prevented from eating dead animals. People can also get tapeworms by handling feces from a dog that has been contaminated.

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  6. WayCoolDogs

    - 26th Jan, 13 04:01pm

    Allie …. my suggestion would be to treat all the dogs for tapeworms. Your mother’s dog either has a flea problem or has been in an area where fleas have been on the ground or on other dogs. Tapeworms come from fleas. Regardles where they came from, it requires the treatment of all your dogs. And yes … that would be expensive, but it is not as harmful to your dogs as worms that cannot be seen (hookworms or whipworms).

    Tapeworms need to be eliminated and also the infected fleas. Praziquantel and albendazole are the medications most often prescribed to treat tapeworm infection. NOTE: If the med has piperidine in it, it will only kill roundworms, not tapeworms. One popular tapeworm medications for dogs is D-Worm, which I have used. The medication is used to kill tapeworms transmitted from fleas and rabbits in one single dose within 24-hours. Most pet stores or feed stores (Tractor Supply or Orscelin’s) carry it. WormXPlus or Droncit are excellent for tapeworms that are over the counter.

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  7. Lindsey

    - 28th Jan, 13 05:01pm

    My german shepherd has been vomiting, and within his vomit are little rice looking creatures, how soon does he need to go to the vet, and how dangerous is the worm to his health?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 4th Feb, 13 12:02pm

      My suggestion to you would be the same as to Patti. Take your dog to the vet with a fecal sample ASAP, as worms that are not controlled can be deadly. If vomit contains the worms, it is in the latter stages – in the digestive system.

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  8. patty

    - 29th Jan, 13 07:01am

    my 19 week puppy has little white worms can you tell me what kind they are?

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    • Lindsey

      - 30th Jan, 13 08:01pm

      do they look like little grains of rice? if so they’re tapeworms, and what you’re seeing is a segment of a much larger worm. Take him to the vet immediately, because tape worms can be spread to humans by the bite of a flea and keep flea and tick medicine on him, because it can be very nasty if spread to humans.

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 31st Jan, 13 07:01pm

      Little white worms that you can see are usually flatworms; however, young puppies usually have roundworms. So … I would take your puppy to the vet and have a stool sample of the worms with you.

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      • WayCoolDogs

        - 4th Feb, 13 12:02pm

        I meant to say tapeworms, not flatworms. Sorry. My head was elsewhere.

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  9. Bernice

    - 30th Jan, 13 01:01pm

    Whip worms were mentioned in the comments. What do they look like?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 14th Feb, 13 04:02pm

      I am sorry I have not answered this question. My internet company was just purchased and my lines have been down.

      A whipworm is about two to three inches long, threadlike with one end thicker than the other. Its appearance comes from the fact it looks like an old-fashioned whip. It lives in the intestines — the last section of the small intestine and the beginning of the large intestine. The whipworm lays fewer eggs than any other worm; there are long periods when eggs are not shed. The whipworm is extremely difficult to see, even at the vet office with stool examinations.

      A bloody and mucous stool occurs with acute or chronic diarrhea. The dog will appear to strain more than normal. They can develop anemia, lose weight and look poorly. Treatments are Vercom Paste, Panacur or Drontal Plus. I buy Panacur for goats at feed stores and treatment them that for three days in a row. 1 cc of Panacur for 4.5 pounds. Do not use in dogs under 12 weeks of age.

      There are meds that treat both whipworms and heartworms at the same time — Interceptor and Filaribits Plus.

      The eggs can last up to 5 years in the ground, so clean with bleach in a 1:32 dilution to disinfect.

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  10. Shellie

    - 8th Feb, 13 09:02am

    My puppy his bout 11 weeks old had small flat pink lookin worm just one in his stool first time ive seen any. He had roundworms bad when i brought him home took him to vet and got dewormer for round worms. Will the vet pill take care of this other worm and what kind of worm is it? Im thinkin tapeworm? idk though.

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  11. Melissa

    - 11th Feb, 13 04:02pm

    My 5 year old chocolate lab just had a segment of a tapeworm on his rectal area, so I immediately treated it with an OTC product. Also have a 3 year old yellow lab. Dogs are around other neighborhood dogs once in a while. Mine have never had evidence of worms, and do not have fleas, so I am suspecting a neighboring dog may have them. I am a little confused as to whether or not the tapeworms can be spread to humans, or if it is unlikely????????????

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  12. WayCoolDogs

    - 14th Feb, 13 05:02pm

    Several readers are concerned whether people can get tapeworms. No, they cannot on their own. Yes, they can by handling the feces of dogs who have tapeworms and not washing their hands or practicing clean hygiene. Worms themselves are not contagious; it is handling that causes the problems.

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  13. WayCoolDogs

    - 14th Feb, 13 05:02pm

    For natural preventives, garlic repels tapeworms and roundworms as a toxic .. fresh or powdered, aged extract or a tincture of garlic and cider vinegar.

    Freshly ground up pumpkin seed .. 1/4 tsp per 10 pounds of dog weight … add to dog food. Or, add chopped or ground fresh grapefruit, oranges, lemons, limes, or any citrus fruits for five to seven days.

    Keep cool and fresh water all day long, changing it two to three times a day to coax the dog to drink more fluids.

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  14. ashley

    - 20th Mar, 13 11:03am

    Hi, I have a male dog and a female dog. They are both pitts and neither are fixed. My female has tapeworms and went to the vet for some meds. But my male dog is licking her pee, and sleeps in the same area( which he also wears advantage, and she takes comfortis for fleas. Whats the likliness that my male will catch tapeworms.

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 21st Mar, 13 10:03am

      I would almost guarantee 100% there is some type of exposure. Treat both of them and then repeat when the eggs that are left hatch out into adults two more times. Personally, repeat this every six months as this is a type of worm that is difficult to control.

      The best meds for tapeworm are Droncit, Cestex, Drontal Plus and Vercom Paste. Advantage is a heartworm medicine, controls fleas, and provides low-dosages for hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms — not tapeworms. However, the med will do some damage to the tapworms, just not enough to control them.

      Comfortis, as a flea medication, attacks the nervous system of insects, causing a rapid death of adult fleas, usually found in the surroundings. If it is used monthly, it will kill fleas before they lay their eggs. But, if any fleas remain alive that is contaminated with tapeworms, it will not be effective at removing them before they begin laying eggs.

      Hope this helps,

      Nancy

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  15. Crystal

    - 26th Mar, 13 06:03am

    I rescued about an 8 week old puppy who I noticed has worms. My 7month old poodle had worms three months ago, and I was able to rid him of his tapeworms. However im confused because the worms he had looked like dry white rice. The worms the puppy has are a few centimeters bigger,white with slight pink on the head and wider at the end, is this a tapeworm as well? I did notice my poodle has the same worms as the puppy now.

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  16. WayCoolDogs

    - 28th Mar, 13 01:03am

    Crystal, the only worm I know that has a larger head is the whipworm. Unfortunately, the only two worms that we can really see on the outside of the dog are roundworms and tapeworm segments. Whipworms and hookworms are inside the body, and this sounds like a whipworm due to the differences in ends. “The whipworm has a whip-like shape with distinct features including a small, narrow anterior head, which is the digestive part of the worm, and a larger posterior tail, which is the reproductive part of the worm.” If it is whipworm, it is the smallest of the four common dog worms.

    What is odd, is that this worm usually latches onto the junction area of the small and large intestine. It is very seldom seen on the outside of the dog’s body.

    I would have both dogs vet-tested as your poodle has the same type of worm as the new puppy now so you can get them treated right away. “IF” it is whipworm, it can cause some damage. But I really do not think it is due to it being seen….

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  17. Dalilah

    - 3rd Apr, 13 07:04am

    I HAVE A 10 WEEK OLD PUPPY AND I THINK SHE HAS TAPEWORMS I NOTICED THEM WHEN SHE WAS ASLEEP WITH ME IS THERE ANY WAY THEY CAN GO INTO A HUMAN BODY WHILE YOU’RE SLEEPING? IM JUST WORRIED BECAUSE IM PREGNANT I ALSO NOTICED THAT THEY DIE AS SOON AS THEY LEAVE THE PUPPY’S BODY OR ATLEAST THATS WHAT I THINK BECAUSE I DONT SEE THEM MOVING PLEASE LET ME KNOW SOMETHING.. THANK YOU

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 3rd Apr, 13 08:04am

      Dalilah, tapeworms are not contagious to humans, “if” it is tapeworms. Other dog worms are very contagious. You can tell they are tapeworms when they look like little white moving segments around your puppy’s bottom end. They break off from a larger, more destructive, tapeworm in the puppy’s intestine. He will need to be dewormed from a vet and have a test or the puppy will be in serious trouble.

      Keep in touch if you need any more help. But right now, the vet is your one to contact for the safety of your four-legged friend.

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      • WayCoolDogs

        - 3rd Apr, 13 08:04am

        Dahlila,

        I also forgot to tell you that tapeworms come from infected flea eggs. So … put her on some type of flea control. It will not work immediately, but in a day or so. Since you are pregnant and she sleeps with you, I would put her on one of the monthly preventives. Talk to your vet about it.

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  18. Dalilah

    - 3rd Apr, 13 11:04am

    I HEARD THAT GARLIC REALLY WORKS HOW TRUE IS THAT? I REALLY DONT HAVE MONEY FOR THE VET RIGHT NOW :( LIKE RIGHT NOW SHE IS FINE KUZ SHE RUNS AND JUMPS AROUND LIKE CRAZY

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 3rd Apr, 13 11:04pm

      Yes, garlic works but crushed unsalted pumpkin seeds works better. It works on the intestines of the dog like roughage or fiber, sloughing off the worms attached to the intestinal wall. Pet stores or feed stores have tapeworm meds for dogs that you do not have to have a vet’s prescription. But the advantage of natural remedies is that it is cheaper, safer for the dogs, and works with ALL worms, whereas the meds work on what the bottle says.

      FYI, If you choose meds, your puppy is still young, so follow the directions. I would follow directions on the bottle of OTC (over the counter) meds and feed the natural food meds.

      Garlic and onions are powerful meds, making the animal less attractive to fleas and parasites, garlic affecting tapeworm the most. Too much is poisonous to the animal but small doses work. For example, too much onion causes anemia, weakness, pale mucous membranes and an increase in respiratory rate. For dogs, give them garlic five days in a row, two days off.

      NOTE: “Dogs tolerate garlic better than cats, and cats tolerate onions better than dogs.”

      Your goal is to kill every phase of the tapeworm: egg, youth and the adult. It is not to just remove the tapeworm segments you see around the rectum. As you know, your puppy has been around fleas, infected fleas, or it would not have tapeworms. As young as it is….it probably came from its mother and siblings.
      How they got it was this. A small segment of the tapeworm has been released from the stool bearing eggs. Those eggs lay dormant in the ground for several months, until they are accidentally eaten by a flea. When the flea is digested by an animal, the eggs gestate into larva which then bore into the intestinal wall and complete their life cycle as an adult intestinal worm.

      Therefore, your first step, which will not cost you anything …. is to remove the dog and your home of fleas. I do not know if your puppy is long-haired or not, but bath her in flea soap, which you can get at a Dollar Store or something similar. Make sure you leave it on for at least 15 minutes or the fleas will not die.

      Wash all bedding in hot water only, twice. Vacuum your mattress and flip your mattress, vacuuming that side also. Vacuum your floors, closets, corners and so forth …. remove the bag from the home, taking it straight out to the trash.

      Once your fleas are under control, contact me and I will send you dewormer that you need to give your puppy for three days, skip one months, repeat again. But only when your fleas are under control or it is a wasted effort. Okay?

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  19. melissajd

    - 6th Apr, 13 06:04pm

    my dog has stopped eating within the last week I feed him a dry food mixed with fresh/frozen billjack I have had to feed him the leftover Easter dinner from last week and he has eaten that just fine but he has been “splattering ” liquid feces on my floor the last few days and he is house broken he had not been having normal bm’s they are realy dark slithers and that is not normal for him he has been digging in my grass and dirt and that is also unusual his behavior has not been different at all aside from last nite he continuously barked thru the nite and he is not a “barker” im concerned that he may have caught something and its gonna start taking a toll on him I know something is wrong just don’t know what it could be and im not really in a position to pay a vet bill he is a 1 yr old pitt bull I have not noticed no visible worms or anything ike that but im certain that something is wrong and a few people have said worms

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 6th Apr, 13 09:04pm

      So far you have fed your dog his dog food, fresh Bill-Jac, frozen Bill-Jac, and whatever you ate on Easter dinner — which may be the problem — as it all was fed a week. If you think your dog has, you can take hi m into a vet to be tested. If he does, a you don’t take him in..he could become very ill.

      But it sounds like he may have severedigestive issues. When a dog is abruptly moved from one food to another, all kinds of things happen in the digestive system, and if rich food from Easter dinner is added … problems will occur. Any dog food should be mixed together a little at a time with new stuff. Half and half for about a week, and so forth. If there is an abrupt change in diet, especially rich food, severe diarrhea will occur. The barking all night could be from cramps, an uncomfortable feeling, or a continuous need to toilet.

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  20. Elaine

    - 28th Apr, 13 07:04am

    I have a 4 year old Lab. I saw a 1 1/2 inch orange worm with pincher type head in my Doug’s stool. Has anyone heard anything about this type of worm?

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  21. WayCoolDogs

    - 28th Apr, 13 08:04am

    I have never heard of an orange worm with pinchers, at least as far as common dog stools. Doug could have swallowed an insect or worm while browsing the grounds. Personally, I would take it to your vet for further examination.

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  22. Elaine

    - 28th Apr, 13 09:04am

    Thanks for your response.

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  23. Alex

    - 2nd Jun, 13 03:06am

    I have a 12 week old puppy and I just notices worms in his stool. They did not look like the tapeworms that my cat once had (these were larger). Do tapeworms looks different in cats and dogs? could this be a different type of worm?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 14th Feb, 15 10:02am

      Alex ….I am sorry as I have missed this comment. Yes, there are three types of tapeworms in dogs and they do look different.

      Dipylidium Caninum – Dipylidium caninum is the most common tapeworm that infects pets, particularly dogs and cats, as well as the pet owner. The mode of transmission is through inflected fleas, which the animals digest after licking themselves while grooming.

      Taenia Pisiformis – Taenia pisiformis infects dogs less frequently, and uses a rabbit as a vector for transmission. Transmission is easier to prevent with taenia pisiformis, as your dog needs direct contact with an infected rabbit in order to be contaminated. Similar to the transmission of Dipylidium caninum, the transmission of the tapeworm occurs through an infective host, although the host for taenia pisiformis is a rabbit.

      Echinococchus – The Echinococchus species is very similar to taenia pisiformis in transition, but the vector is different. This species can use both small animals, like rodents, or large animals, like deer or sheep, to infect your pet.

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  24. hailz

    - 27th Jan, 15 07:01pm

    How long does a puppy have… my baby has been sick and slugggish for 2 days with diarrhea and tonight she she start puking thats when I noticed round worms in her stool. She is warm but will the vet treat her right away or do they wait for the stool sample to come back?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Feb, 15 08:02am

      The results are immediate from a stool sample; they do not need to send it away. Then the vet will treat her right away. If she is warm, she has a fever and should go to the vet immediately.

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  25. Emily

    - 27th Feb, 15 07:02pm

    At night, my dog leaves little circular maybe 1/2 a centimeter long worms in his bed. They are white when they are first seen but if I don’t notice for a few hours they become a deep red and hard. What are they and what do I need to do about it ???

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  26. Emily

    - 27th Feb, 15 07:02pm

    ^ to add to that my dog also shows no symptoms of having worms such as weightloss, diarrhea, or change in appetite yet I do not know what else they could be

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 28th Feb, 15 01:02am

      I am wondering if they could be tapeworms….are they moving when you see them; white is when they first come out while the darker coloring is when the segment dies? Tapeworms would not have a lot of symptoms when in early stages. But tapeworms look like rice segments about the size you are seeing. The only two worms you can see outside the dog’s body are tapeworms and roundworms. The others are internal. I would go ahead and worm with Panacur for three days in a row. You can get it at a feed store….we use Panacur for goats for our dogs one cc per four pounds of weight. It is a liquid and easy to disperse; and its better /than OTC meds for dog tapeworms

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  27. craig

    - 8th Mar, 15 01:03pm

    Just had a quick question. My dog got sick yesterday first time. Over 1yr and when he got sick i saw one worm in it i put it in a bag. The worm looks like an earthworm but way thinnner. White with light brown hues. Any suggestion on an approach?

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  28. craig

    - 8th Mar, 15 01:03pm

    Would also like to add that he doesnt seem to be acting out of the ordinary. Eats drinks plays fine. Was wondering the best approach that would be the cheapest an most effective. I dont mind paying but i am currently unemployed and on assistance. So any help would be greatly appreaciated.

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 11th Mar, 15 08:03am

      At the beginning of any worm phase, there are not a lot of symptoms. When they are sick and show lots of symptoms, the worm infestation is usually in its latter states.

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  29. WayCoolDogs

    - 11th Mar, 15 09:03am

    One year is not an old dog, in fact ….it is still a puppy. It sounds like roundworms and is very easy to treat. It is over-the-counter meds. Just remember, if you see one, there are many more inside. If you can afford it, go to my website and at the top is my Dog Worms e-book that tells you about the roundworms and how to treat it with vet meds and over the counter. Make sure you keep with it routinely, Craig, as they spread rather quickly.

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  30. Sutterfish

    - 20th Apr, 15 04:04am

    I have a 9 week old puppy. She was removed from mom in my eyes, way too early as I have had her for 2 weeks or more. I keep finding 1 inch rice like, moving worms on the blanket while we are all sleeping. I have not seen them in the stool or otherwise. But this is a nightly occurrence. It sounds like tapeworms as both ends are the same they just seem longer than rice. They are slightly longer than a long grain rice. They are white in color. I am very broke is there natural remedies? She whimpers in her sleep almost like having baby nightmares. She calms down with touch, but otherwise, she is very healthy. She does drink quite a bit of water, I am not seeing any other signs. She is a very very small almost toy size chihuahua. I did treat for fleas, including spraying house and I put a monthly hartz product on her to control the fleas that was for 4.5 lbs n up puppies. From what I understand she was severely infected with fleas. Enough that she had scabs when I got her. I waited one week, they said she was 8 weeks, but I suspect she was 7 weeks or younger. I do think she is allergice to fleas as these fleas seem indestructible! I did not leave the medicine on for 15 mins, so I will do that in another week. I am at a loss. I was trying to rescue a little one from a bad situation, and I cannot afford the vet at the moment as my cc was hacked. still waiting for the loss of funds to hopefully be replaced. I also have a 4 year old runt chiweenie. So I am assuming I should treat both? We do have a tractor supply near me, but one not sure how much the meds are that you said she needs, as well as she has not had her shots yet, would you wait till the fleas are under control or go ahead and start both at the same time?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 21st Apr, 15 10:04pm

      This sounds very much like tapeworms. Any dogs or pets who come into contact with this puppy needs wormed. Due to its young age,I would say it never has received its routine puppy wormings. You will need to worm it with panacur for three consecutive days. Then repeat this in two weeks. and again in two weeks. Do the same for puppies or dogs who have come into contact with it.

      Remember, the fleas have to be controlled as obviously the ones you have carry the infected tapeworm.

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  31. Dana Biddy

    - 21st Apr, 15 01:04pm

    My puppy pooped just one worm. And only one time.. I’m not sure what kind it was. It was really long and curled up.. Can someone help me out plz

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 21st Apr, 15 10:04pm

      A long worm that slightly curved is a roundworm. However, roundworms that are expelled from the body usually arrive in masses.Now, this could be the early infestation of roundworms or it could be what the dog has consumed. Is there a head on this body and/or was there movement?

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  32. leane

    - 8th Jun, 15 10:06am

    My dog poopd on my mat. Luckily I dewormd him but now I am never gonna sit on that spot nomatter what!!!!!!!

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  33. Coconut Wata

    - 13th Jul, 15 04:07pm

    My pup is 3mths and has tapeworms, the vet prescribed NEMEX, the dosage is once every week and have been doing so for about 3 weeks, but there’s still worms in his stool every time, and sometimes they just come out… I started putting Apple Cider Vinegar in his water today and will be checking to see how that works. Will try the garlic regimen… I do my best to clean up all the feces, sometimes though, I flush it down the toilet… Is that ok or should I throw it in the garbage? He’s inside for the most part but if this continues, I might have to turn him into an outside dog… HELP!

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Jul, 15 07:07pm

      Tapeworms will not disappear until the fleas are controlled (the source of the worms). If you put the dog outside with tapeworms, they will increase inside the dog in large numbers. The wormer you are using is wrong….NEMEX controls roundworms and hookworms only. Tapeworm uses Praziquantel.

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  34. Katherine grimes

    - 17th Jul, 15 03:07pm

    Found small pieces of tapeworms after day two and three of treatment. Should I continue treatment or stop?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Jul, 15 07:07pm

      Tapeworms do not disappear after the initial treatment, especially if there are fleas (which are the source of tapeworms)around. Go to a feed store and buy tapeworm meds, following routine directions.

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  35. Keisha

    - 20th Jul, 15 02:07pm

    12wk old chihuahua puppy just say small, short, flat, pink body’ white head worms in poop.. what type of worm is this?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Jul, 15 07:07pm

      This is a tapeworm, caused by fleas in the grass or on its body from its mother. As long as you have them, you will be unable to control the worms.

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  36. jenny

    - 21st Jul, 15 01:07pm

    i have a 6 week old puppy and i think it has roundworms what med can i use over the counter

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Jul, 15 07:07pm

      You can go to a feedstore, WalMart or any store that has a pet section. I go to TSC, a feed store, and use Panacur, a goat wormer that I give for three days in a row. Amazon also has puppy wormers for roundworms that you can purchase.

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 23rd Jul, 15 07:07pm

      Nemex2 is excellent….give it 6 wks, 8 wks, 10 wks and 12 wks.

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  37. WayCoolDogs

    - 23rd Jul, 15 08:07pm

    Pet Smart has a tapeworm med for dogs (safe-guard 4 Canine Dewormer) that is four all four worms … Roundworms
    Hookworms
    Whipworms
    Tapeworms

    Active Ingredients (in each dosage unit): Fenbendazole Granules 22.2% (222 mg/g)

    I would switch to this a couple of weeks after you end the one you are using. Tapeworms come from infected fleas. You can kill them, but they will reoccur unless the fleas are destroyed.

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  38. Joe

    - 26th Jul, 15 05:07am

    My Great Dane was treated yesterday for tapeworms. The vet gave her Drontal Plus. This morning i checked her stool and didnt see anymore worms. Now the lady at the vet that checked me out said dont be alarmed if i see the worms again in a few weeks. So what does that mean? Will i have to deworm her again or should i deworm her again? If so how often?

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 28th Jul, 15 12:07am

      Drontal Plus is an excellent dewormer for tapeworms. Unfortunately, your vet did not explain the cycle of the tapeworm which would have answered your questions fully that you asked me.

      The tapeworm is a flat worm which consists of a head, neck and numerous segments. The head has suckers which attach the entire worm body to the dog’s intestines. Each segment has its own reproductive organs: mature segments, as many as 100 individual segments, contain large numbers of eggs that are released near the dog’s anus. Each segment can reproduce sexually on its own they contain both male and female sex organs. The life cycle of the tapeworm involves these segments…passing out of the body within the feces of the dog or cat. Many times the eggs are released inside the segments before the segments leave the body. These eggs, approximately 30 eggs in each segment, expel from the segment. Both dogs and cats can remain infected up to one year, with tapeworms growing up to 6 feet or more if left untreated. Adult tapeworms may attach to the small intestinal wall and live up to two years or so.

      When the segments break away from the adult tapeworm, they are seen in the environment of the dog 2 to 3 weeks after the infected tapeworm was ingested by the dog or cat. When first seen as rice-looking particles near the rectum, most dog owners treat their animal with deworming medications for tapeworms. These drugs will act rapidly, killing the adult worm parasites rapidly. The adult tapeworms will disappear rapidly. However, the drugs do not hang around long for further tapeworm infestations if there are infected fleas and lice around for the dog to eat. Another infestation will occur around two to three weeks.

      The dog owner needs to repeat treatment for tapeworm infestations every two to three weeks if the dog’s environment is not controlled for infected fleas and lice. This may lead to toxicity concerns due to the number of worming pills or medicine. The best option for the control of tapeworms is to worm the dog every two or three weeks while also controlling the flea and lice population in the house at the same time (bedding, couch, chair, carpets, and the outside environment.

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  39. Joe

    - 28th Jul, 15 01:07am

    I just put her on Nexgard for fleas and ticks the same day i dewormed her. Should she be dewormed BEFORE I see more worms in her stool or wait until i see worms?? Do you recommend an over the counter dewormer that i can buy at tractor supply or another store that will be just as effective as Drontal Plus?

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  40. Rebecca

    - 6th Aug, 15 05:08pm

    My 5 yr old bassist hound has become very weak and is not eating like he normally would. We’ve not noticed any worms in he’s stools but he does have diarrhea with some blackis coloring in it. He has not been tested but I did give him a dewormer about 5 months ago. What could be wrong with him, we are very scared and honestly don’t have the funds for an emergency vet visit. Please help!

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    • WayCoolDogs

      - 27th Aug, 15 08:08pm

      If you do not know for sure what type of worms your dog has, you should not treat it with a treatment you do not know much about. Take him to the vet and have him take a look to make sure what type of worm he has.

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  41. Brianna

    - 9th Aug, 15 05:08am

    I have a 3 month lab golden mix and I noticed worms in his stool yesterday. When I saw them yesterday they looked like inch worms. Very small and white. So I went and bought him An Otc dewormer. So I gave him the first dose last night. this morning when I took him out, he pooped tons and I mean TONS of extremely long white worms. More worms than poop. They had to be at least 7 or 8 inches long. And one time he popped it was just worms. !! I’m wondering is this the medicine working or should I be more worried now??

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  42. Cyndie

    - 10th Aug, 15 06:08pm

    Sorry – to clarify, I am now using Sentry Worm X Plus that treats tapeworms.

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