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How do worms affect my dog?
Worms can be tricky to spot in pets, but when they do make themselves known, it usually has something to do with the dog's digestive tract. They can often be found in a dog's stool. However, different worms have different symptoms, and some may not be apparent at all. Others may wreak havoc on parts of your pet you never thought they could influence.
When pet shampoo won't do the trick
One symptom of worms is a dry, dull and coarse coat on a dog. If your pooch used to have silky soft fur and it is now dull and coarse, you might try a number of types of pet shampoo to remedy the problem. When even the most nourishing formulas don't work, you should consult your veterinarian. A dull, coarse coat can indicate a lack of nutrients in a dog's diet, but if your pooch is still eating just as much of its pet food, the parasite may be the problem.
Life as a parasite
Parasites like hookworms, whipworms or roundworms either suck blood or cause blood loss because they damage the intestinal wall, which can lead to anemia. They may also leech nutrients out of a dog's body, which can lead to weight loss and a dull coat.
Generally, parasites can be diagnosed by a vet using fecal exams. Although feces is usually the best indicator of worms, your vet will likely ask about other accompanying symptoms like weight loss, a swollen belly and anemia.
Treating worms, healing the dog
Fortunately, there are plenty of pet drugs available to treat worms in dogs and prevent them from coming back. Sentinel is one good option, since it removes and controls roundworms whipworms and hookworms. It can also be given to prevent heartworm disease and control fleas.
Once your dog is free of fleas, its coat and body will usually return to its vibrant, energetic state all by itself. However, if you want to help it, ask your vet about pet products like supplements to speed up the process. Certain skin and coat supplements like Brite Coat XS or Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet will provide your pooch with the nutrients it needs to develop a radiant, shiny and soft coat.