Dogs can suffer from a plethora of intestinal parasites: tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms. These parasites are often referred to as worms. The transmission of worms depends on the worm’s type. Usually, since most worms are shed in the environment through the feces, the most common way of infestation is by ingesting feces of infected dogs.
Depending on the worm type, the dog may feel slight discomfort or suffer from more serious consequences such as diarrhea, weight loss, changes in appetite, vomiting, bottom scooting and poor coat quality. Unfortunately, severe infestations may be fatal. Raising a worms-free dog requires regular treatments with de-worming drugs.
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