Roundworms are of most concern to puppies. The most common consequence of roundworms is growth reduction. Since roundworms eat partially digested food in the intestinal tract, if there are large numbers of roundworms, they will rob the growing puppy of vital nutrients.
Are roundworms serious?
Roundworms can live in the human intestine for a long time. They can be harmful and cause many problems, including abdominal (belly) pain, fever and diarrhea. Roundworms have long, round bodies and can be of different sizes, depending on the type.
Is it rare to get roundworms?
Roundworm infection is the most common type of worm infection in the world. It is rare in the U.S. Roundworm eggs live in soil that is contaminated by feces. The eggs can get into the body through the mouth.
What happens if roundworms go untreated?
When a case of roundworms is untreated, the parasites can multiply quickly in the intestines and grow to the point where the presence of numerous adult worms gives the puppy a potbellied appearance. Coughing.
Is it hard to get rid of roundworms?
They vary in length from several millimetres to up to two metres. Roundworms are common in warm tropical countries. Children are more often affected than adults. Treatment is usually very effective but wiping out (eradication of) roundworm infections has proved to be very difficult.