Worms in Dog Stool

As a Veterinarian, I have heard several claims of a patient who is suffering in silent without being dewormed. Sometimes I deal with more than 15 deworming issues in a day of which some of them could be dealt with at home. What majority of dog owners don’t know is that worms can cause life-threatening diseases to the dog. What this means is that you should take immediate measures to save your dog as early as possible.

I have seen different clients who are not deworming dogs. Some of them explain by giving shoddy explanations such as the dog is living indoors and it doesn’t get exposed. Some others explain that deworming was done a couple of months ago, some up to 3 years ago and others say that they haven’t seen a sign- worms in dog stool.

Symptoms of worms in dogs

  • Coughing- This is one of the advanced signs of heartworms and other types of worms. Dogs that have hookworms and roundworms can experience cough.

  • Vomiting-dogs are likely to throw up if they have worms. If you observe the vomit closely, you may notice some traces of roundworms.

  • Diarrhea-Diarrhea can be a cause of worms  infestation. Some dogs may as well have blood in stool. The other thing is that if you observe the stool closely, you can see some traces of worms on it.

  • The dog is potbellied or bloated-If you dog appears potbellied or if it looks bloated, then it may be suffering from different types of worms.

  • Weight loss can be symptoms of worms in dogs- If you notice that your dog has rapid weight loss, then you should think again. It may be as a result of several other health problems including worms.

  • Anemia-The dog may as well lose a lot of blood which may result in anemia.

  • Dull coat-A healthy dog has a shiny skin. If it starts to turn dull and dry, it may be as a result of worm infestation.

  • Itching or signs of skin irritation

  • Visible worms on fur or worms in dog stool

Deworm your dog regularly

There are some people who tend to deworm their dogs once they are puppies and never do the same again unless they notice worms in dog stool. This is not how it is supposed to go; you are supposed to deworm your dog more than 3 times a year for healthy living. However, As a Veterinarian, I recommend deworming the dog once in every three months. However, there may be situations when more frequent treatment is necessary, especially if your dog has a flea problem, as fleas can pass new tapeworm infestations on to your pet. In these situations, a repeat dose after 10 days may be necessary. Most of the deworming medicines are safe and they don’t have many side effects. For this reason, it doesn’t matter how often you deworm the dogs.

The other thing to note is that worms in dogs (worms in dog stool) tend to be more prevalent in younger dogs and hence extra care should be put on the puppy. It is common for puppies to be born with roundworm larvae already present, having been exposed to them while still in their mother’s womb. It is advisable, therefore, to start a worming programme when a puppy is two weeks of age, and to continue worming once a fortnight until weaning. Oral suspension for puppies can be used from two weeks of age, kills roundworms, whipworms and hookworms, and is available as an easy-to-use liquid.

There’s this misconception that by simply treating the puppies the dog will no more require regular deworming as she grows up. This is no true and hence you should deworm them regularly.

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Can Children get dog worms?

You might be surprised to know that some of the dog worms can as well be a cause of worry in Human being. For this matter, you have to protect yourself and the kids from getting these types of worms from your dog (worms in dog stool or on fur). You cannot keep your children away from the dogs and hence you need to figure out an appropriate mechanism of dealing with the issues.

For now, the question of whether or not your dog can give you worms or even infect you with any disease is very imperative. There are three kinds of worms (worms in dog stool or on fur) that dogs can pass to human beings that I have to talk about today.

Intestinal worms in dogs

Worms in dog stool


The dog will excrete roundworms eggs in the feces. After just two weeks, the eggs become infectious and this is the time when human beings get at the risk. These eggs may stick to the people’s hands or feet when they step on the feces or on the soil where the dog has pooped. The dog can as well transfer these eggs from its anus to the mouth when cleaning itself and later passed to human being through the contact. Its eggs can be found in soil whenever dogs have defecated. If you ingest these eggs mistakenly the larvae can pass into internal organs and consequently affect muscles central nervous system and the eyes. Children and immune compromised humans are at high risks.


Hookworm eggs are found on the dog’s feces and hence can stick on the human’s hands and feet when walking barefoot. The larvae are likely to hatch after a week in the outdoor and this is the time they start being a problem to human beings. They penetrate to the internal organs through the skin and can cause skin or intestinal diseases. The host human will likely get an itchy rash on the point of penetration. Severe cases of Hookworm can lead to diarrhea, weight loss and also anemia.


The type that actually afflicts dogs is the flea tapeworm. However, there are sever cases of tapeworm but the later is the most common. The dog is likely to get this type of worms if it ingests an infected flea. Although it is rare, the same situation can happen to human beings. This type of worms can really be a problem for humans. They cause a very serious and risky condition known as hydrated disease. This disease causes cysts in the vital organs and they can rupture and cause more trouble. Adult tapeworms usually measure anywhere from four to 28 inches in length. If your dog eats prey such as rodents or rabbits, re-infection can occur with passage of tapeworm segments in 6-8 weeks.

worms in cats stool

Other Dog Worms that don’t affect human beings


One thing that dog owners don’t know is that heartworms are easy to prevent but difficult and costly to cure. The dogs actually get heartworms by simply biting an affected mosquito. The good thing is that heartworms don’t infect human beings and if appropriate measures are taken, they can be dealt with. They can cause trouble to your dog and hence you have to ensure they are dealt with early enough.



This is another type of worms that don’t affect human beings. They live in a place where the small and the large intestines meet. Dogs usually pick them up from contaminated soil or by grooming. They can cause severe health concerns and hence you should prevent your dog from getting them.

How often should you deworm the dogs?

As a veterinarian, I have received this question from almost every dog owner who has noticed worms in dog stool. However, I usually say that how often you deworm your dog depends on how concerned you are. However, I usually recommend deworming your puppy at least every month for the 6 months. After that you can deworm them once in every three months. However, if you see any signs of worms infestation before the three months are over, just redoes and continue deworming your dog every three months.  Just deworm every newly acquired dog immediately upon acquisition. You should take all the recommendations from the veterinarian into recommendations.

You need to be extra concerned when you see any sign of worms (worms in dog stool) in your dogs and other pets. Ensure they are always in their good health.

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How dogs get worms

They usually get worms by eating or drinking contaminated foodstuff. They can get them even after drinking contaminated milk from the mother during nursing in utero infection from the mother to the pup. Some puppies can as well contact the worms from the mother. If the mother is infected and they are staying in the same kennel, the puppy is likely to get worms. For this reason, you need to deworm breastfeeding mother every time. Dogs also can get it by simply leaking contaminated soil, sniffing or even eating contaminated food. They can as well get it from eating infected flea. Dogs are also known to put almost everything in their mouth. They can get infected in case they get into contact with other animals feces or vomit. If the dog feeds on an infected prey such as rodents, reptiles and birds. If they get in contact with an infected dog. That can be when mating or playing around.

tapeworm lifecycle

How to protect your best friend and your family from worms

Your best friend should remain healthy. You should as well keep your family safe from worms.

  • If you want to protect your best friend from worms, then ensure that you remove all faeces from your garden regularly. You can do it before the end of every day.

  • Ensure not to feed your dog raw meat.

  • Ensure that your children have hygiene. You can teach them good hygiene like washing the hands before putting anything in their mouth and every time they handle the dog.

  • Keep fleas under control

  • Clean your dog’s living area on a regular basis. This will ensure that your dog lives in a clean environment. Wash her bedding at least twice a week and ensure that the place is free from any faeces (because of worms in dog stool)

  • Cover your child’s sandpit when not in use (because worms in dog stool or on fur)

  • Clean her play area. If you keep the dog’s play area or the kennel clean, the dog will be safe.

  • Keep her away from animal feces when you go for walks with your dog-One thing that you must be knowing is that dogs like walking with their nose on the ground. They tend to smell and get in contact with anything that has a shouting smell.

  • Eliminate worm carrying pests such as mosquitoes, flea, rodents and many more. Get rid of stagnant water where mosquitoes can breed.  Terminate any other pest in the home.

  • Use a deworming program every three months. However, ensure that you deworm puppies every month until their immune system is strong enough.

  • Talk to a vet about a deworming plan.

  • Treat nursing females alongside their pups

Frequently Asked Questions


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