Worms can cause a dog to become extremely ill and may even be fatal if not treated quickly enough.

For this reason, it is essential for owners to recognise the signs of a potential infection. Worms are also one of the most common problems in dogs.

There are five types of worms that affect canines. These are heartworms, roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, and whipworms.

Some types of infection are a little easier to recognise than others, although many of them share common symptoms.

For example, tapeworms can be spotted in a dog's faeces, although others will cause no symptoms until it reaches the later stages.

However, there are some common signs that you can look out for that will make worms easier to diagnose.

Respiratory illness

A hot and dry nose is one of the most recognisable signs of respiratory illness in dogs. By feeling your dog's nose, you can determine whether he has breathing difficulties; if so, it could be a sign of an underlying cause such as hookworm.

Coughing and sneezing

A hacking cough and sneezing are other signs that your dog may be infected with worms. This is because worms can crawl back up the dog's oesophagus and cause coughing or gagging.

Lost fur

If your dog's fur starts to fall out in large chunks or it appears dry, this is another common symptom of worms.

You can also inspect the fur around your dog's anus. If he has little white patches around this area, then you should definitely take him to the vets for inspection.

Losing weight

Losing weight can be a symptom of tapeworm or a whipworm. If the weight loss is particularly rapid, then you should get him checked out.


Unsurprisingly, worm infections can cause extreme discomfort and skin irritation. If you notice your dog is constantly itching himself or he is constantly rubbing his bottom on the ground, then it could be a sign of severe worm

Written by: Hannah