There are many symptoms to watch out for, although an infected dog may equally appear totally healthy. Persistent coughing, reluctance to exercise, depression, weight loss, fits, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, paralysis, behavioural changes and persistent bleeding from even insignificant cuts are all possible signs.
Dogs under the age of two appear to be more susceptible but dogs of all ages and breeds can be affected. The wide range of symptoms can easily be confused with other illnesses so contacting your veterinary practice is important in case any of the above signs have been noticed.
If you suspect your dog may have eaten a slug or a snail, or habitually does so, go and see your vet without delay. He or she will be able to test very quickly whether your dog is infected. Fortunately, there is treatment available for this condition which your vet will be able to prescribe.
Frequency and treatment
Worming your pet is important but the frequency of doing so varies depending on age and life style. Puppies should be wormed monthly until 6 weeks old. After 6 months of age your dog should be wormed 4 times yearly.
There is a very good spot-on treatment available from your vet that not only eliminates fleas but also provides a monthly roundworm treatment. If your dig has fleas then it will need treatment for tapeworm every month and monthly flea control would be advisable. Again, if your dog hunts or eats raw meat, it should be treated for tapeworm every month. Dogs should be wormed during pregnancy to reduce cross infection to the puppies.
If you have any queries regarding worming your pet then consult your vet and they will advise you of a suitable regime.