Different Types of Worms Your Dog Can Get

Do you know how many different Types of Worms there are that your dog can get?

The health of your dog may be affected by the infestation of worms. There are some preventative measures, although, sometimes it is not possible to keep your pet from getting worms.

Canines will eat virtually anything, including feces, unfortunately. No matter how well fed a dog is by their owner; they will continuously sniff and hunt for something to eat.

Sometimes the things they find and eat are infested with worms.This includes cat feces, as well as the bodies of wild animals, or vermin.


Different Types of Worms

Your dog may become infected with any of a wide spectrum of worms. Some invade the intestines and others may be only a fungus.

In the following, you can find some brief information on many of the most common types of worms that may infest you dog and make the canine ill.

  • The roundworm is very common and one of the most likely to infest your canine. They grow to be about four inches in length and are a creamy white color - in fact, they eerily resemble spaghetti noodles. Your dog may become ill with diarrhea and vomiting. The appearance of your dog may become rather unhealthy, typically with a hard round belly. Many times these roundworms are apparent in the feces of the animal and can cause blockages in their intestines.
  • When a flea is ingested by your dog, the flea is digested and a tape worm is released into the small intestines of the canine. These tapeworms feed on the nutrients that the dog ingests; therefore, taking away the nutrition from your pet. Only dogs that have eaten fleas that are infected will contract this type of worm. This worm reproduces rapidly and often grows to be up to fifteen feet in length.
  • Hookworms invade the small intestines of the dog as well. They enter the body of the dog through the skin and go into the lungs. The dog eventually coughs these up and swallows them. They feed on the blood of the dog, eventually causing anemia and death.

  • Whipworms are shaped as a whip; thus, giving to their name. These are much like the hookworms as they feed on the blood of the dog. Your canine must eat the eggs of the whipworm to become infested. This is a very hardy variety of worm as it can live outdoors for many years in the soil. The canine may become very ill and anemic; however, infestation by whipworms generally does not result in death.
  • Dangerous Heartworm, may kill a dog and are often termed an invisible and silent killer. These are usually mature before you know the dog is infected. They ultimately result in congestive heart failure. Heartworms are spread by the bite of a mosquito. If it has bitten another dog that is infected and then bites your dog, the canine will more than likely develop heartworms. A blood test is required to confirm the prescence of these worms.  Treatment has to be done carefully, as large quantities of dying worms can clog up the arteries.


  • Ringworm are not an intestinal worm. They are a fungus. The health and appearance of your dog is affected by this worm. Ringworm causes itching that is often mistaken for fleas or just digging. You can monitor for small and hairless areas on your dog when looking for these types of worms. The typical appearance of the fungus is round, expanding out from the center, with some redness and discharge.