Every single dog in the world is susceptible to internal parasites. From the eerily fatal heartworm, carried by mosquitoes, to the relatively less harmful, roundworm, all dogs should undergo regular fecal exams, and parasite prevention.

There are a number of different Worms that can affect your dog. Roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms, whip worms and heartworms. Some live in intestines and some in the tissue. Many worms do not pose a problem for your dog at all, and you will not even be aware that they are even there. Some worms can be tolerated in small numbers, but in high numbers can create serious problems. It is important to know about these possible parasites as that can affect your dog and can also affect you and younger children who play with your dog.

The Most Common Worms found in all dogs are discussed below:

Roundworms. These are the most common internal parasites which are especially found in puppies as they are transferred from a roundworm infested mother. These are slender, spaghetti like worm in appearance and can be found in the poop of a dog that is heavily infested.

Heartworms: These deadly worms can prove to be fatal in not removed in time. These deadly worms are basically spread by mosquitoes, and take up residence inside the muscles of your pet’s heart. The only way to diagnose their presence is through a blood test. Heartworm treatment for positive test results can be painful for your dog; therefore preventive measures should always be adopted.

Whipworms: These worms are named after their whip like appearance. They take up residence in your dog’s colon. They can only be detected by a lab test of your dog’s poop being invisible to the naked eye. They cause Weight loss, anemia, and fresh blood in the stool are signs of a heavy infestation.

Hookworms: these are intestinal worms that hook onto the intestinal wall and consume large amounts of blood. A hookworm infestation can kill a puppy before the eggs are ever found in a fecal exam. It is therefore necessary to get your dog examined on a regular basis, as hookworms are not only very harmful to your pets, but also pose a danger to you.

Tapeworms: The common dog tapeworm is transmitted through fleas. The infestation can be detected by examining the anus of your pet, where tapeworm egg sacks can be easily seen. Treatment requires a special dose of medication as regular de-worming medicine doesn’t work with them.

To ensure that your dog is free of all worms, a regular check up is essential for your pet’s health and to eliminate threat for you and your family.