Worms In Dogs Poop: What Causes Small and Rice Looking Worms in Canine

January 5, 2011 | Healthy Dog | Leave a Comment |

Often times, dogs can get infested with worms. Finding worms in dogs poop can be beneficial for both dog and the owner because this means that the potential worm can be identified and treatment initiated.

Worms in Dogs Poop

There are five common worms that can be found in dogs poop:

  • Roundworms
  • Hookworms
  • Whipworms
  • Tapeworms
  • Heartworms

What Causes Worms in Dogs Poop

Worms can enter the dog’s system through various means or modes of entry:

  • Eating of infected stool
  • Eating of soil contaminated with worms
  • Eating raw meat or carrion infested with worms
  • Flea bites or mosquito bites carrying parasites

Small, Rice Looking Worms in Dogs Poop

Regular inspection of stool for presence of worms is a good habit to practice.

  • Regularly inspect dog poop for the presence of worms.
  • Different types of worms can look different.
  • Roundworms are most often caught in feces.
  • Roundworms are also the most commonly transmitted.
  • These worms are rice-like in appearance.

Treatment of Worms in Dogs Poop

Treatment varies depending on the type of worm identified and the general health of the dog.

  • Antiprotozoals or worm treatment may be initiated depending on the type of worm identified.
  • Feeding the dog with a nutritionally balanced meal is important because infestation competes with nutrition dogs receive.
  • Regular stool examination is necessary to prevent future infestations or for early detection and eradication of worms.

Other treatments may be necessitated depending on the extent of the dog’s health or any complications it may be experiencing.

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Symptoms of Roundworms in Cats

  • Roundworms in cats are 3-5 inches long and look exactly like a spaghetti noodle.
  • The cat can become infected by eating an infected rodent or can acquire it from the feces of another cat.
  • There are 4 stages to the roundworm cycle with cats. The cat eats the infected larvae from the eggs in feces, the eggs hatch in the intestine of the cat. They move on to the liver and the bloodstream. Finally they enter the lungs.
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  • Once in the lungs, the cat coughs them up and swallows them AGAIN, reinfecting the intestines again. Mating begins. The female lays her eggs and the eggs are expelled in the feces. The cycle starts over again.
  • Symptoms of roundworms in cats include a shabby, dull coat, diarrhea, a pot belly appearance and vomiting. There may be worms in the vomitus.
  • Untreated, these roundworms can cause pneumonia and obstructed intestines.
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  • Roundworms can cause malnutrition in the cat because they are draining all the cats nutrients.

Treatments and Remedies for Roundworms in Cats

  • Clean the cats litter box frequently.
  • Keep mouse and rat traps where needed to keep rodent population down. A cat may acquire round worm from eating an infected rodent.
  • Don’t let the cat roam where feces is accumulated.
  • Worm the cat before breeding and a month after birth. Roundworm can penetrate into mammary glands and invade the placenta. Also read roundworms in kittens symptoms
  • The treatment is Worm X or a similar product using pyrantel pamoate. Give 1x weekly over 4 weeks.
  • Diatomaceous earth is commonly given as a treatment for roundworms. This is a fossilized algae that has been refined. The dose is generally 1 teaspoon daily for cats over a 2 month period.
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How a Kitten Gets Infected

The two most common types of roundworm species that affect cats are Toxocara Cati and Toxascaris Leonia. The latter can also affect dogs so cross infection between cats and dogs is possible.

The life cycle of kitten roundworm is as follows:

  • Cats ingest roundworm eggs ??” the eggs can usually be acquired from the soil after having been excreted by an infected animal.
  • The roundworms mature in the cat’s intestines
  • Eggs are passed through the feces
  • The eggs mature into larvae in the environment

Kittens may also get the roundworm infection direct from the mother.

  • Pregnant cats infected with roundworms late in the pregnancy can transfer the infection to her litter, the kittens can get infected in utero
  • Kittens may also get the infection from their mother’s milk

Roundworms in Kittens Symptoms

Here are some of the symptoms observable in kittens that have roundworms:

  • Poor coat appearance ??” dull, dry, or coarse
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting ??” in some severe infestations, cats may vomit worms
  • Pneumonia
  • Intestinal Blockages
  • Pot Bellied appearance

Aside from seeing actual roundworms in the vomit and feces of an infected kitten, the only way to truly diagnose an infection is through fecalysis. This is done at the vet’s clinic. Once roundworm eggs are found, a diagnosis can be made.

Treating Roundworms in Kittens

  • The condition is treated using some antihilmentic drugs that get rid of roundworms, commonly prescribed drugs include: Piperazine, Febantel and Febendazole.
  • Regular deworming is recommended for both kittens and adult cats since it is difficult to fully eliminate the infective agent from the environment. Vets can give the medication orally or it can be administered through an injection.
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Roundworms are one of the most common infestations a cat or kitten might experience in their lifetime. Many owners are horrified when they see eggs in the feces or when their cats actually vomit the worm. Prevention is the key to help minimize the incidence of roundworm infestation.

Roundworms in Kittens

  • Roundworm infestation is commonly the cause of most illnesses in cats.
  • Roundworm infestation may even lead to death in kittens. Read when do you start box training for kittens
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  • Roundworms can be transmitted through the placental barrier, through the milk of an infected lactated cat, or through ingestion of a host (rat, cockroach).

Symptoms of Roundworms in Kittens

In mature cats, roundworms are not harmful. In large numbers, roundworms can cause a lot of problems.

  • Pot-belly appearance
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor or stunted growth

Other symptoms vary especially in cases of migrating worms:

  • Symptoms of developing Pneumonia
  • Obstructed intestines

Treating and How to Prevent Roundworms in Kittens

  • Treatment of roundworm infestation is simple and affordable.
  • The infected cat will have to undergo deworming using an antihelmintic.
  • The infected cat or kitten will need at least two to three deworming treatment.
  • Deworming should be done at two to three weeks interval to allow migrating worms to reach the intestine where they are vulnerable to the medicine.

Prevention is important and relatively easy

  • Deworming prior to pregnancy and late in pregnancy.
  • New kittens should be dewormed appropriately.
  • Prompt deworming whenever roundworms are seen.
  • Insect control is important as they serve as possible sources.
  • Clean litter boxes daily and diligently.
  • Dispose of cat feces appropriately from the yards.
  • Observe proper hygiene as roundworms may infest humans.
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