Worms in dogs can be a persistent nuisance, as well as a bit of a gruesome subject. Despite this, it is still important you know where to look for worms in dogs. To minimise the risk of your dog being at harm from worms, it is better to have a clear understanding of them.
The Two Places To Look
You can look for worms in dogs in two places. You should check these places regularly, even if your dog is up to date in their de-worming programme. The colouring, shape and colouring of worms varies depending on their type. In general they tend to be a tan to white colour. Ringworms are the largest worms round, growing up to seven inches in length.
The nature of a worm’s lifecycle means there is a fair chance of your dog passing them up in their vomit, especially if they are infected with ringworms. When ringworms develop into ‘third stage larvae’, they migrate towards the host’s lungs. Their presence in the lungs will generate coughing in the dog. When they’re coughed into the host’s throat they re-enter the dog’s intestine where there is a chance they will be vomited.
When your dog vomits, it’s important you always give it the once over for worms. If you do find worms, take your dog to a vet immediately.
There is also a chance that worms will be passed in a dog’s feces. Have your dog’s feces checked for worms every couple of months, as well as checking it yourself.
Your dog may be infested by tapeworms, which will appear in broken segments in their feces. Live tapeworms appear to expand and contract. They will look like uncooked rice when they die.