Roundworms is a general term that
includes several different types of intestinal worms. These worms may be
visible in the stool or they may be vomited up (this is more common in puppies
and kittens). Roundworms look like pieces of spaghetti.
- Puppies and kittens get roundworms
directly from their mother's milk when they start to suckle.
- Dogs and cats can pass the worms and
eggs in their stool or vomit. Pets can acquire them easily by smelling
and eating other animals' feces. It is best to assume that all the pets
in a household are infected if one case of roundworms has been positively
- Weight Loss
- Loss of appetite, or the animal may be
very hungry but not gain weight.
- Poor-looking coat of hair
- Bloated abdomen
- You may or may not see actual worms in
the stool or vomit
- Anemia (pale gum color)
1. Take the animal to a veterinarian along with
a sample of the stool. If you see worms in the vomit or stool, make sure
the sample includes the worm.
2. Have your pet's stool checked for worms at their
yearly physical examination or sooner if you suspect an infestation.
It is very important to treat roundworm infections, as they may be
transmitted to humans. Any pet who has been treated for worms
should have a follow-up fecal examination to ensure success of the treatment.
- Remove your dog's stool after
- Have your pet's stool checked yearly by
- Don't introduce a new animal into your
household without first having the animal checked and treated for worms.
- Don't allow your dog or cat to eat or
sniff feces of other animals.