Worms in Your Dog's Feces: The Symptoms

June 27, 2019

There are a variety of parasites that can infect your dog. The most common are hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms, whipworms, coccidia, and giardia. However, only two of these are commonly seen in dog's poop: tapeworms and roundworms.

What Roundworms and Tapeworms Look Like in Your Dog's Stool

Adult roundworms are large enough to be seen in your pets' stool and look like 3-6 inch strands of spaghetti. Roundworms are most common in puppies. Tapeworms can be identified in your pet's stool by their egg packets which look like grains of rice.

Roundworm Symptoms:

The symptoms of roundworms include stunting your fur baby’s growth so it’s crucial that you get them seen if you notice any of these symptoms and/or notice worms in your dog’s poop. Symptoms of roundworm infection include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stunted growth
  • Potbelly

Tapeworm Symptoms:

If your pet has tapeworms you generally won't notice any symptoms other than potentially loose stool.

You Can Get Roundworms from Your Dog

Roundworms are transmissible through accidental ingestion of your pet’s fecal matter. Of course, you wouldn’t initially consume your pets' feces, but contamination can still occur. For example, if your pet goes to the bathroom, licks his rear-end, and then licks your face he can pass roundworms to you.

It’s Important That Your Pet Gets Checked Regularly

Due to how common intestinal parasites are and the risk of transmission to people, we recommend having a fecal test done twice a year and anytime your pet has diarrhea/loose stool. Most intestinal parasites can't be seen by the naked eye so it is very important to have microscopic fecal evaluations performed.

Contact Us With Any Questions

Roundworms are a threat to you and your dog. Reach out at info@readivet.com or book an appointment at ReadiVet.com if you are concerned about worms in your dog's poop.

About ReadiVet

Based in Uptown Dallas, ReadiVet provides veterinary care in your home without charging more than a traditional clinic. After booking an appointment, ReadiVet will send one of its mobile veterinarians to you to provide wellness care like vaccines or sick care for your unwell pet.

Ben Clemmett, DVM

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