Does my Jack Russell have worms?

Prevent worms and stopping them in their tracks

Roundworm and tapeworm are sadly common in British dogs, and it's vitally important to make sure your dog stays healthy.

You need to worm your Jack Russell every six months, and to be safe make sure to use treatment bought from a vet rather than from a pet shop.

Additionally, track your dog's weight over time - a significant and sudden decrease in weight could indicate worms.

Roundworm and tapeworm, as their names imply, are worms that live in a dog's digestive tract, living off food that the dog eats. They are shaped, respectively, like spaghetti and tagliatelle, and are 3-5 inches long.

Not only can they cause malnutrition in the dog, they can also cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and in severe cases pneumonia. Sometimes the dog will vomit the worm - quite a disgusting sight, especially as female worms can grow up to 7 inches long.

As always with your Jack Russell, if he begins to show signs of regular diarrhoea or sudden weight loss, take him to the vet immediately just in case, because worms can spread from his fecal matter and infect other creatures.

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