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Dog Health Q&A: What should I do if I think my dog has worms?


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Intestinal parasites can cause severe disease. Several canine parasites can also be spread to humans. That's why it's important to get proper diagnosis and treatment if you think your dog might have worms. Many intestinal parasites, including tapeworms, are not effectively treatable with over-the-counter dewormers. A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment are the best ways to keep your best friend healthy and parasite-free while reducing concerns for your human family members.

Dogs with worms may not show obvious signs of infection, but some things to watch for are diarrhea, blood or mucous in the stool, variation in appetite, poor hair coat, weight loss, abdominal swelling, scooting of the hindquarters and excess licking or irritation. If you notice any of these signs, a trip to the vet is in order.

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