Change in appetite
If you notice a sudden change in your dog’s appetite, he may have come into contact with roundworms.
Dogs that are infected often lose their appetite.
As worms steal a dog’s nutrients, a dog with worms may also show a sudden increase in hunger.
What are the signs of a dog having worms?
What are the signs your dog has worms?
- Visible worms or eggs in the faeces.
- Visible worms in fur or around dog’s rear.
- Scratching or rubbing of rear.
- Visible worms in vomit.
- Bloated stomach or belly.
- Weakness, increased appetite, constant hunger, and weight loss.
- Diarrhoea, particularly with blood.
What causes loss of appetite in dogs?
The most common cause of lethargy and loss of appetite in dogs is infection or disease. Many of the viral infections such as distemper and parvovirus present with lethargy and loss of appetite. Lethargy may be caused by the lack of appetite, as if your dog is not eating then it is not getting any energy.
What happens if worms go untreated in dogs?
Typically, dogs get infected by roundworms when they come into contact with contaminated feces. If left untreated, roundworms can cause “serious health problems,” such as brain, liver, and lung damage. And, according to the AVMA, this infection could even cause permanent or partial blindness.
What are the side effects of deworming a dog?
Parasites worm their way into most dogs’ lives at one time or another. Your vet may suspect worms if your dog has diarrhea or is vomiting, coughing, chewing or licking under his tail, short of breath, or losing weight. The symptoms and treatments depend on the type of worm and where it’s living in your dog’s body.