Ways Dogs Can Get Worms

One of the most important jobs of any responsible pet owner is making sure their pet is healthy. While dogs may have a reputation for being tough, resilient animals, they are susceptible to a variety of ailments and conditions that can cause them to feel unwell.

Dogs can get roundworms

If you’ve ever had a dog, then you’ve probably heard the term “roundworm” before. Roundworms are the most common worm in dogs, and they’re transmitted through contaminated soil. While roundworms aren’t necessarily all that dangerous to humans—they won’t affect your health—they can cause serious symptoms in your canine companion.

Luckily, there are medications that can treat roundworm infections in dogs. The good news is that this condition is preventable; all it takes is keeping your pet away from contaminated soil and other animals’ droppings (which may contain worms).

Dogs can get hookworms

Hookworms are roundworms that can be transmitted through the feces of an infected animal. Dogs can pick up hookworms when they come into contact with soil or other fecal matter that has been contaminated by a flea. It is possible to get hookworm diseases from dogs, especially if you have a regular interaction with them and are frequently exposed to their fleas.

When it comes to the symptoms of hookworm disease in humans, there are a few things you should know:

  • Hookworms cause anemia because they take iron from your body and deposit it in their own bodies instead. As a result, your red blood cell count will drop and leave you feeling tired all the time (and pale).
  • Hookworm larvae burrow under your skin and enter into small blood vessels near where they were born. This causes irritation at first but eventually leads to open sores on various parts of your body—including between fingers or toes—that might not heal properly over time due to constant scratching at them due to itching caused by these parasites inside our bodies! This can lead down only one path: infection; so make sure not touch any open wounds after handling animals which may contain these little buggers too…
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Dogs can get whipworms

When dogs get whipworms, they can suffer from weight loss, diarrhea, bloody stools and anemia. The most common way to become infected with whipworms is by ingesting the eggs or larvae of these worms in the feces of another animal (or human).

Whipworm eggs are passed from dog to dog via contact with contaminated soil. This means that if you have an outdoor dog who spends time playing around in your yard when you’re not looking—or if you leave your trash out for days on end—he may be at risk for contracting whipworms.

The best way to protect against this parasite is by keeping your pet’s living environment clean and sanitary. If you keep him indoors most of the time or keep his poop picked up after he goes outside so it doesn’t accumulate over time in one place where other animals can eat them up—such as under bushes or trees—you’ll greatly reduce his chances of picking up a case of whipworms!

Dogs can get tapeworms

Tapeworms are flat, segmented worms that live in the intestines of dogs and other animals. Dogs can get tapeworms by eating fleas or other insects. Tapeworm infections can be transmitted to humans through contact with the feces of an infected dog.

Tapeworms can cause anemia in dogs if they lose too much blood from their intestines, which happens when tapeworm segments break off and migrate through the body.

Dogs can contract heartworms from mosquitos

Heartworms are transmitted through mosquitoes, and the worms can live in your dog’s heart and lungs. If left untreated, heartworms can be fatal. It’s important to note that it is preventable with medication and regular vet check-ups.

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Worms can be transmitted from mother to puppy

Worms can also be transmitted when a mother dog has worms and gives birth. The puppies will receive the worms through their mother’s milk, or they can pick them up after they are born if they crawl through her feces or skin. The best way to prevent this is by treating the mother dog with medication before she gives birth.

However, if your puppy came from an area that has a high rate of parasitic infections in dogs, it may already have some type of parasite when you buy it and bring it home.

There are several ways dogs can get worms, but there are also several ways to prevent and treat them.

There are several ways dogs can get worms. They include:

  • Eating the feces of an animal that has worms
  • Eating raw meat infected by worms, such as rat or wild rabbit meat
  • Working as a hunter and eating the prey of another animal that has worms, like raccoons or squirrels
  • Taking in fleas from dogs and other animals that have them, like rats and cats (and humans)


Now that you’re familiar with the different types of worms and the most common methods of transmission, you can be more mindful about how your dog might come into contact with them. Of course, if your dog contracts worms at any point, it’s important to take care of the problem right away with one of the treatment options we discussed. Prevention is always better than a cure in this situation, but don’t beat yourself up if your furry friend contracts worms at some point; just remember to get them treated ASAP.