Veterinarians Explain Treating Worms in Dogs

Our South Bay Vets Discuss Types of Worms in Dogs and How to Treat Them -

Because of dogs’ typical outdoor activities – and because dogs often will eat anything and everything –  they frequently become infected with worm parasites.  There are a variety of worms – and they can cause a variety of health problems in dogs. In this article our South Bay area veterinarians explain the most common types of worms and how to treat them.

Roundworms in Dogs

south bay veterinariansHow Dogs Contract Roundworms

Roundworms can be spread in feces, so they can be picked up at a park or other public area. Roundworms can also be spread by a mother dog to her puppies  during pregnancy or nursing.

Roundworm causes a serious infection in dogs – and can be fatal in puppies. Roundworm can also be transmitted to humans – where it can cause extremely serious illness.

Symptoms of Roundworms in Dogs

Diarrhea is the most common symptom of round worm.

Treatment of Roundworm in Dogs

There are many safe and effective deworming drugs that can be prescribed by our veterinarians: fenbendazole, milbemycin, moxidectin, nitroscanate, piperazine, and pyrantel.

Our veterinarian will give your dog an initial one to three doses to kill the adult worms. Then follow-up doses need to be given to kill any new worms that weren’t fully developed when the first doses were given. Dogs should get regular fecal exams: two to four times a year for puppies, and one or two times a year for dogs older than one year.

Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms live primarily in the dog’s small intestine where they suck the dog’s blood.

How Dogs Contract Roundworms

Puppies can become infected with hookworms from their mothers. Adult dogs can be infected with hookworms when cleaning themselves – or through their skin.

Humans can also become infected with hookworms from eating unclean vegetables or through the skin when walking barefoot on soil.

Symptoms of Roundworms in Dogs

Infection with hookworm causes weakness, lethargy and malnutrition in dogs. Hookworms can lead to death in puppies.

Treatment of Roundworms in Dogs

Two rounds of deworming medication are usually required to kill hookworms. Puppies may need additional treatment by our veterinarians.

How Dogs Contract Heartworms

Heartworms are spread to dogs through mosquito bites. The heartworm then travels to the dog’s heart and the arteries.

Symptoms of Heartworms in Dogs

Heartworms prevent the heart from functioning properly. They also interfere with proper blood clotting.

Heartworm will typically be fatal death if untreated. Dogs infected with heartworm may cough, have trouble breathing and be lethargic. A veterinarian will usually be able to hear abnormal lung sounds. Infected dogs can pass out from blood loss to the brain. They may also retain fluids.

Prevention of Heartworm in Dogs

Easy and affordable treatments are effective preventives for heartworm. Our veterinarians can recommend either a monthly pill, monthly topical application or a six-month injectable product that is right for your dog.

Treatment of Heartworm in Dogs

For infected dogs, heartworm treatment may involve two or three injections of an arsenic-based medication. Early treatment is essential to save your dog’s life – so do not delay seeing our veterinarians if you suspect your dog may be infected.

Tapeworms in Dogs

Fleas carry tapeworms and dogs get them from licking themselves and swallowing fleas. The tapeworm – which is made up of small segments the size of a grain of rice – absorb nutrients from the dog’s intestine where they attach.

Dogs pass the tapeworms in their feces – so they can typically be seen and identified around the dog’s anus.

Treatment of Roundworm in Dogs

Our veterinarians can usually kill the tapeworms with one injection or tablet. If you see evidence of “rice grain” tapeworms around your dog’s tail or anus schedule an appointment with our veterinarians today.

Our South Bay Veterinarians Treat Worms

Our South Bay veterinarians have treated hundreds of canine patients for every type of worm imaginable. If you suspect your dog may be infected with any type of worm or parasite, call us today at 310-536-9654.


Our South Bay veterinarians treat dogs and cats from the entire Los Angeles area, including:
Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Hawthorne, El Segundo, Marina del Ray, Palos Verdes, Gardena, Carson and the surrounding areas.

CLICK HERE to schedule an appointment with one of our caring and experienced vets.

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