Signs of Parasites in Dogs

Signs of Parasites in Dogs

All dogs are susceptible to intestinal parasites. For this reason, it is essential to know the signs of parasites in dogs so you can protect your pet. Therefore, we will discuss the signs of parasites in dogs, causes, diagnosis and treatment plans we offer.

Intestinal Parasites in Dogs

Some of the more prevalent intestinal parasites that dogs can get include the following:

  • hookworms
  • roundworms
  • tapeworms
  • giardia
  • coccidia

Therefore, it is essential to understand the signs of parasites in dogs.

Signs of Parasites in Dogs

Signs of intestinal parasites in dogs include the following:

  • lethargy
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • change in appetite
  • weight loss
  • dull coat
  • itching and skin irritations

Causes of Parasites in Dogs

The cause of intestinal parasites in dogs will vary depending on the type of parasite. All Pets can help you identify the source of the intestinal parasite once we classify the type it is.

The following are a few causes of each type of parasite:


Causes of hookworm in dogs include the following:

  • Eating infective larvae
  • Transmission during nursing
  • Direct skin penetration


Causes of roundworm in dogs include the following:

  • Passed from mother to puppies in utero
  • Transmission during nursing
  • Ingestion of larvae
  • Through contact with infected feces


Causes of tapeworm in dogs include the following:

  • Eating infected prey animals
  • Fleas


Causes of giardia in dogs include the following:

  • Dirty drinking water
  • Eating feces


Causes of coccidia in dogs include the following:

  • Swallowing contaminated soil
  • Eating contaminated feces

Diagnosis of Parasites in Dogs

You veterinarian here at All Pets can diagnose most intestinal parasites by examining a stool sample under a microscope. The number of eggs or larvae present in the stool sample will help us determine how severe the infestation is. We will also be able to identify the actual parasite.

Once we determine that your dog has an intestinal parasite infection, we will discuss a specialized treatment plan.

Treatment of Parasites in Dogs

Depending on the severity of the parasite infestation and the type of parasite, treatment will vary.

Contact us here at All Pets to discuss our treatment options.

Prevention of Parasites in Dogs

As with most health issues, prevention is preferable to cure. Parasite prevention comes relatively easy with the use of monthly parasite preventatives, given orally or topically. Also, make sure to keep infected dogs apart.

Even with attention to prevention and treatment, dogs can become re-infected. Therefore, parasite prevention and monitoring is necessary for the lifespan if your dog.


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