What Exactly Are These Worms?
Worms are parasites that live inside dog’s intestine. Some of these parasites can cause serious diseases, some are less dangerous and some like heartworm can kill your Golden Retriever.
How My Golden Retriever Can Get Infected By Worms?
Let’s make one thing clear from the start. Your Golden Retriever will get worms, it is inevitable. Since dog’s like to lick and eat everything and anything they are easily susceptible to these parasites.
In 99.9% of all litter worms will occur since they are passed from mother to puppies
Your Golden Retriever can contract worms by:
Eating, sniffing or rolling in contaminated soil
Consuming infected meat from wild game like rabbits, birds or rodents
Coming in contact with an infected dog or another animal
Drinking infected milk from mother during nursing
Coming in contact with infected feces or vomit
Types Of Worms In Golden Retriever And Symptoms They Cause
There are many types of worms that can infect your Golden Retriever, some of them are common while others are extremely rare.
In the list below you will learn about most common types of worms found in Golden Retrievers. You will also learn to recognize symptoms they cause, and how they affect your best friend.
Tapeworms are flat and long, they attach themselves to your Golden Retriever intestines and take all the nutrients they need from there.
These worms aren’t infectious but your furry friend can contract them by eating fleas, lice or infected wild game like rabbits, rodents, birds etc.
When your Golden Retriever is infected by Tapeworms this will affect dog’s their coat color and appetite. Coat will start looking dull and they will lose their appetite.
If your dog is infected by tapeworms you will see grain-like segments in their stool.
Roundworms are parasites that live inside your dog’s intestine. They can grow to about seven inches in length and look much like spaghetti.
Roundworms have microscopic eggs that your Golden Retriever can contract from environment.
These worms don’t cause serious problems in adult dogs, but if puppies are infected by pregnant mother they can cause significant harm to them.
Common symptoms of Roundworm infection are vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain and even weight loss.
Hookworms are grey creatures smaller than an inch in length that have hook which helps them attach to your dog’s intestinal lining. These parasites feed on your Golden Retriever’s blood.
Although, most dogs are immune to Hookworms, those with weaker immunity can still contract them from infected soil. They can also be passed on by mother to her puppies which can cause serious harm to the little ones.
Hookworms infection symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.
Like Hookworms, Whipworms also feed on your Golden Retriever blood. They attach themselves to dog’s mucous membranes in the cecum and colon lining. They can grow to about three inches in length.
Your Golden Retriever can contract them by drinking infected water or swallowing eggs found in soil.
Common symptoms include diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.
They live in dog’s intestinal walls: These protozoans are more commonly seen in puppies.
Your dog can contract them trough infected soil or animal feces.
Adult dog’s don’t show any symptoms of infection, but coccidia infection can be extremely dangerous for young pups.
They cause diarrhea that can cause death to little ones due to dehydration and malnourishment.
Protozoan worm that lives in your dogs intestine.
Golden Retrievers can get infected by picking it up from infected humans or animals or by drinking infected water.
This is not particularly dangerous type of worm, and most dog’s wont even show any symptoms of infection. Worst symptom that can occur in some dogs is intermittent diarrhea.
How To Treat Worms In Golden Retriever?
As we mentioned above there are numerous types of worms that can infect your Golden Retriever. These parasites can cause different symptoms in adult dogs and pups and thus should be treated differently.
Deworming Golden Retriever Puppies
At 3 weeks of age your Golden Retriever puppy should get it’s initial deworming treatment. After initial treatment, it is recommended that you perform monthly intestinal parasite prevention treatments.
Of course you should first consult your vet to determine optimal deworming medicine as well as frequency of treatments. Also monthly heartworm medicine is effective in killing roundworms and hookworms as well and it also prevents whipworms infection.
Deworming Adult Dogs
With current lifestyle of our Golden Retrievers it is recommended that they receive monthly preventives throughout entire year.
Also it would be good to do a couple of fecal tests per year to determine if the worm infection is present in your dog.
Deworming Newly Acquiered Dogs
As soon as you acquire new dog you should do deworming treatment. After you determine proper medicine and frequency of the treatments you should follow preventive schedule as directed.
How To Prevent Golden Retriever Worms Infection?
Best way to keep those nasty worms from infecting and causing harm to your Golden Retriever is by strengthening your furry friends immune system.
These are the some steps you need to do in order to achieve this.
Number one factor in boosting your Golden Retriever immune system is hygiene. We all know how much they like to get dirty and play in those ponds.
Of course this means they will come in contact with enormous number of all sorts of bacteria. Washing them and keeping them clean will cut down that number and will leave immune system more resources to fight those pesky worms.
Keep your dog’s weight in check. The higher the dog’s weight is over his ideal weight, the weaker his immune system is.
Proper diet full of nutrients and antioxidants is essential to proper functioning of dog’s immune system.
Are Worms In golden Retriever A Danger To My Family?
Approximately 10.000 children are infected by parasitic worms every year, in some severe cases these parasites can even cause blindness.
One of the most dangerous species of worms that can infect both dogs and humans are roundworms. They are especially dangerous to children that can contract them by playing in the patch of sand or soil your dog or other animals use as litter box.
Worms infection will occur in some part of your Golden Retriever’s life. With all the activity dogs have today and all the soil, water and other animals they get in contact with it is inevitable that they will at some point contract worms infection.
You can’t do anything about it. But what you can do is to provide them all the necessary medications and treatments in order to eliminate or reduce effects of infection.
Also remember good knowledge and prevention is already half of the work done. Constantly educate yourself and learn new things to keep your Golden Retriever happy and healthy.