Dog Health Alert: Worms Can Cause Dogs to Die a Painful Death

Dog Health Alert: Worms Can Cause Dogs to Die a Painful Death

Just the thought of worms can turn any stomach, but when owning a dog, worms are a problem you will have to face. In fact, regular worming may just save your dog’s life, particularly a puppy’s life. 

Even though your dog may initially appear healthy on the outside, it is important to know that he is very susceptible to worms, and must be treated on the inside. 

Chris Taylor Aussie Pooch Mobile Founder explains that just as we take care of our general and heart health, it’s important to look after the health of your dog. And as in most cases, prevention is the best cure. 

There are two distinct categories of worm – heart worm which is caught from mosquitoes and is potentially fatal and intestinal worms which are caught in several ways (as set out below), even from a mother’s womb. 

Without heartworm treatment a dog can die a painful death.  



Contracted from mosquitoes, heartworms are parasites (resembling spaghetti) and can grow up to a massive 35 centimetres inside a dog’s heart. As the heartworms grow they restrict blood flow in the heart and can cause permanent heart damage. 

By the time you start seeing symptoms of coughing, laboured breathing and finally heart failure, the damage has already been done. Virtually all dogs are at risk but particularly those that live outside of cities or in lushly vegetated suburbs – in other words, where there are more mosquitoes. 

A monthly tablet will kill the heartworms before they mature and prevent any clogging of the dog's arteries. 

Intestinal Worms

There are four main groups of intestinal worms – roundworm, hookworm, tape worm and whipworm, and dogs are susceptible to all four forms. The climate and environment may also determine which kind of worm is more likely to infect the dogs. 


Roundworm infestations are more likely to be found in puppies or dogs under a year old. In some cases if left untreated a puppy can die from roundworm so look for the symptoms of diarrhoea, vomiting, a pot bellied appearance and dull coat. 


This form of infestation can kill a puppy particularly in the lush tropical north of Queensland. In the cooler states a different kind of hookworm will occur but rarely kill. 


These can cause inflammation of the large and small intestines. Symptoms to look for are severe weight loss together with constant diarrhoea. 


Tapeworm in dogs doesn’t necessarily make them ill. But there is one form of worm - hydatitis worm - which can cause very serious illness in humans, so it’s even more crucial to worm your dog regularly. 

So how do worms worm their way into your dog? 

The most common way for dogs to contract worms is to accidentally eat the infective worm larvae since they are microscopic. Puppies will become infected with roundworm in their mother’s womb. Once they are born further infections of roundworm and hookworm may be transmitted in the mother’s milk. 

The Queensland form of hookworm is even more ingenious since it can penetrate the skin of the dog! 

Tapeworms are contracted by the dog eating a flea which is infected or eating bugs, beetles or lizards. 

The hydatitis tape worm is contracted from eating infected offal.


Worm Watch 

“You know your dog better than anyone so if you notice diarrhoea, vomiting, a pot bellied appearance particularly in puppies, sudden weight loss even though they are constantly hungry, tail skidding (skidding their bottom back and forth along the ground) or a poor, dull coat, have your dog wormed immediately - just in case,” says Chris


Prevention Better than Cure 

There are a large range of worm preventers available. Qualified Aussie Pooch Mobile Operators will source worming tablets for you, show you how to administer them and advise on general health of your dog. Or visit your local vet who will also offer professional advice. 

Worms can kill and cause severe discomfort, so be worm wise always. 



With over 185 franchises worldwide, Aussie Pooch Mobile are the choice hydrobath operators for the care of your dog and the environment. Operating for 18 years, owner Chris Taylor explains that hydrobathing your dog, will not waste water In fact, with Aussie Pooch Mobile hydrobathing approximately 25,000 dogs monthly in Australia, it’s estimated that two millions litres of water will be saved each month. 

All products used are Environmentally Friendly which means they will not harm your dog, the operator or the environment. Products are all PH selected specially for dogs' skin to achieve the best possible results for your dog. Natural ingredients include pine oil, tea tree oil, rosemary, lavender, vitamin E, coconut oil and neem oil. 

Aussie Pooch Mobile is the World’s First and Premier Dog Wash and Care franchise system Visit or phone 1300 369 369

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