Internal dog parasites

Your dog will likely get at least a couple of different parasites throughout its lifetime. Learn about the different parasites, how to diagnose them, and how to get rid of them.


Your dog will likely experience a lot of good times and bad ones throughout its life.

Some of the worst might be how it feels when it has an internal parasite. We’re talking about the awful worms that infect your pet’s insides and make it feel sick. Different internal parasites give your pet different symptoms.

Roundworms are fairly large worms that can grow to be four or five inches long. These worms inhabit your dog’s internal organs, namely its liver, heart, and lungs. When they’re done there, they will work their way down to the small intestine and eat your dog’s food. You’ll know when your dog has a case of roundworms because it will be constantly hungry, will have messy diarrhea, will be bloated and have gas, will cough a lot, and will start losing some fur at a higher rate than normal.

Another major parasite in pets is the hookworm. These are curly creatures that are very tiny and are often found in large groups. They can be very problematic for your dog because they eat the food in your dog’s stomach and also suck your dog’s blood. This can cause severe anemia in dogs. Symptoms include loose diarrhea, bloating and gas, weight loss, and loose fur.

The third main parasite found in a dog is the whipworm. The whipworm lives in the large intestine, and your dog will experience bloating, bloody diarrhea, and have a very large appetite.

The main way your dog acquires these parasites is by sniffing or eating infected stool, or by having one of these such worms enter its system. If you find that your dog may be infected, you should contact your vet. There are medicines your dog can take and precautions you need to know about in order to help cure your dog of these awful parasites.