Roundworms are one of the most common parasites in dogs. Because the eggs are very resilient, they can also survive in winter and be ingested by dogs. Here you can find out everything you need to know about the topic.
No matter how well-groomed and healthy your dog is – it can catch roundworms faster than you think. It is enough for him to ingest eggs from another dog’s faeces while playing outdoors . And: it can even be that you carry eggs into the house with your shoes
Dogs often ingest the eggs orally, from where they enter the intestines, hatch and nest there. Puppies can also become infected with roundworms: either they catch the parasite in the womb or by drinking the milk of their sick mother.
The eggs of roundworms survive even in winter
Roundworms are a very common type of parasite that is easily transmitted through the feces of dogs or other animals. Faecal samples from dog parks in these countries and cities have shown that almost 30 percent of the samples were infected with roundworms. And unlike other vermin whose eggs die in winter at low temperatures, the eggs of roundworms also survive in winter.
“Roundworm eggs have a strong protective layer, they are not sensitive to extreme temperatures and can survive in nature for months – even years”, explains veterinarian Dr. Craig Prior to the international dog magazine “Dogster”.
This is how you can tell if dogs have roundworms
It is not easy to spot nematode symptoms in dogs. As the US health authority CDC informs, puppies with roundworms usually develop poorly or hardly grow. Other signs are dull fur and a fat belly.
Some dogs with roundworms also cough or suffer from diarrhea – particularly in puppies, severe roundworm infections can be fatal.
It is therefore best to have your dog regularly checked for worms by the vet. If he finds any, he can treat your darling immediately. In addition, your dog should be regularly wormed.
Because roundworms are so common in dogs, you should always pay attention to the hygiene rules when dealing with your four-legged friend – because people can also become infected with roundworms in dogs. Therefore, always wash your hands immediately after touching your animal, its droppings, food, toys or baskets.
How to avoid roundworms in your dog
To reduce the risk of roundworms, you should always keep your dog’s living rooms clean. Also, prevent him from sniffing or even eating someone else’s droppings. By collecting the piles of your own bellos immediately , you are also helping to prevent the parasites from spreading further.