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Pets can be a source of great joy and companionship for many people. However, they might not be in their usual, jolly self if they’re experiencing any illness or discomfort, such as having worms. The presence of worms would also have some serious negative consequences for your pets.

That being said, here are some of the signs that your pet might be suffering from worms:

 

  1. Diarrhea and Abdominal Pain

Diarrhea and abdominal pain can be signs of many different conditions. It’s also an indication that your pet might be suffering from worms. If your pet has worms, it’s also common to see diarrhea with blood.

Some kinds of worms attach itself to your pet’s intestines and infect the intestines’ linings, which can cause diarrhea in pets. If your pets have worms in their stomach, it may also cause abdominal pain. This is because the worms might be eating up their organs. On the other hand, the worms might also be positioned in a way that affects your pet’s organs, causing abdominal pain.

 

  1. Lethargy

If you notice that your pets are lethargic or less active, it might also be a sign that your pet is suffering from worms. Worms usually feed off their hosts, which means that they’re also feeding off the nutrients and calories that are supposed to be going to your pet’s organs. This is what makes your pet less active and have lower energy.

In addition to this, if your pets have worms, they might feel sick even though they aren’t sick. Your pet’s immune system might sense the worms as infection and try to combat it with a fever, which might also be the reason why your pet might also feel lethargic.

 

  1. Weight Loss With Increased Appetite

Weight loss, despite an increased appetite, is another sign that your pet might have worms. This is because, as mentioned, worms usually eat up the nutrition your pet is supposed to be getting from food. Instead of the food being digested by your pet, it’s being eaten up by the worms. Because of this, it’ll cause weight loss in your pets, making them feel constantly hungry.

 

  1. Vomiting

If your pet has worms, it may often cause vomiting. So, if your pets usually throw up, it’s one of the signs that your pet has worms in them already.

When the worms block a portion of your pet’s intestine, it’ll prevent food from going into your pet’s intestines. So, in effect, the food that your pet ingests is vomited instead.

 

  1. Dull Coat

Worms can also live in the skin and fur of your pets. With that, if you notice your pets having a dull coat or blemished skin, it’s a sign that the worms have also infected your pet’s skin.

For instance, for dogs, their fur and hair should be shiny and thick. If you notice some drying or dulling out, it might be a sign that there are worms.

 

  1. Potbellied Appearance

Seeing your pets being bloated or potbellied is another sign that they might have contracted worms; infections caused by worms can leave your pets bloated.

When worms reach your pet’s stomach, it can create a sensation that your stomach is full even if it’s not, which is because of the worms that live in your pet’s stomach. So, if you notice bloating in your pets, it’s best if you can have a vet to give them a checkup. Doing so may keep them healthy.

 

  1. Itchiness

Some problems may be caused by a worm infestation on the outside. For instance, ringworm on the feet can cause extreme itching, which is also common on the face and hands. If the infestation is on the skin, it may cause rashes and bleeding. This means that the worms also have infected some parts of your pet’s skin.

 

  1. Worms in Feces

Worms can also exit the body through your pet’s feces. If you spot some eggs or worms in your pet’s feces, that’s already a clear sign that your pets are suffering from worms.

Anything that’s long and moving is a worm. When that happens, immediately go to a vet to have your pets checked.

 

Conclusion

Once you suspect that there are worms in your pets, don’t wait a few more days and immediately bring your pet to the vet. Otherwise, the worms will damage the internal organs of your pet and may possibly lead to death.

A vet will be able to give the right prescription to get rid of the worms. So, consult your vet as soon as possible if you see any of the signs mentioned above.

 

When you have dogs around your home, it can be very easy to think and feel that you can feed them anything. It’s often the misconception that for as long as it’s healthy for human beings, then your four-legged friend can have it, too. However, a dog isn’t like human beings, and their bodies are also created differently. This early on, it’s important to set the record straight that there are some fruits that may only do more harm than good to your dog. In fact, it can poison and kill them.

If your dog is anything like mine, it will eat anything that smells or looks tasty. My dog has a love for barbecued sausages but isn’t picky – sandwiches, jam donuts, ice cream and toppings, whatever he can get his teeth into…

When I sometimes have my nephews over at the weekend, I like to serve them some ice cream with fruits as dessert. The problem is that one of these fruits is extremely toxic to dogs.

How this can cause problems is my nephews tend to prefer the ice cream to the fruit and could end up unloading the fruit into my dogs’ mouth.

Usually this wouldn’t be a problem but if you feed your dog this fruit it could be fatal. The point being is it’s an easy mistake to make that anyone could make and it’s important for you and all friends and family to be aware of this fruit. If this happens to me, then it could to you, too. After all, this is an all-too-familiar scenario that may be present in almost every home.

Believe it or not that fruit is grapes, yes you read that correctly grapes are toxic to dogs – let me explain exactly why now.

Grapes and Their Effect on Your Dog

Grapes fall on top of the list of fruits that aren’t healthy for your dogs. The problem is that even small amounts of grapes are toxic to dogs and can cause acute renal failure.

It’s not exactly known why grapes are toxic to dogs. Researchers think the toxicity is in the flesh rather than the skin or seeds. So, peeling your pooches’ grapes or buying seedless grapes won’t help.

The issue came to the forefront in the late 1990’s when the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) became aware of several otherwise healthy dogs suffering kidney failure after eating grapes (or raisins).

This piqued the ASPCA’s interest and lead to a study that tracked the outcomes of 43 dogs who ate grapes and / or raisins. The study, Acute Renal Failure in Dogs After the Ingestion of Grapes or Raisins: A Retrospective Evaluation of 43 Dogs, was published in 2005 in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

These are some of the metrics included in the study:

  • Now, to clear some things up. It wasn’t just one or two grapes. These dogs ate an average of 496 grams of grapes with an intake range between 8 grams and nearly 900 grams.
  • The average weight of the dogs when they got sick was 25 kilograms. The weight range was between 8kg and 48kg.
  • Golden Labradors made up 30% of those 43 dogs although they only make up only one of 360 dogs breeds worldwide.
  • The average age of the 43 dogs was 4.0 years, but the dogs ranged between 6 months and 13 years.
  • All the dogs vomited. In decreasing order the other symptoms were lethargy (77% of dogs), anorexia (72% of dogs), diarrhea (51% of dogs), reduced urine output (49% of dogs), abdominal pain (29% of dogs), ataxia (23% of dogs), and general weakness (19% of dogs).
  • Most dogs experienced multiple symptoms. Symptoms typically began 24 hours after eating the grapes.

The most common symptom of grape poisoning is vomiting. This, then, leads to kidney failure, with symptoms including drinking frequent urination.

What to Do If Your Dog Eats Grapes

Like humans, a dog’s digestive system recoils against any toxic foods and tries to expel them. This explains the universal rate of vomiting and high rate of diarrhea.

If you think your dog has just eaten grapes or raisins, the official advice is to get your dog to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. The veterinarian will induce vomiting, pump your dog’s stomach, and administer charcoal.

If no veterinarian is at hand, you can induce vomiting in your dog yourself. 5ml (or one teaspoon) of hydrogen peroxide for every 5 kilograms of your dog’s body weight administered orally to your dog should induce vomiting. But ideally, it is a job for the veterinarian.

Often you won’t become aware of the problem until your dog is vomiting or voiding their bowels. Grape residue in vomit and fecal matter is a tell-tale sign of poisoning.

However, there are also instances when it isn’t safe to induce vomiting, such as when the following situations occur:

  • When you’re unsure of what it is that your dog has eaten
  • When your dog is unconscious
  • When your dog is showing signs of shock
  • When your dog has difficulty breathing
  • When the diarrhea isn’t yet to a high rate

In the first bullet, this is precisely the reason why it’s very important to be careful with what you feed your dogs. Never feed anything that you’re unsure of. If there are specialized food for the breed of your dog, like the best dog food for Shih Tzu and other breeds, stick to it. You’d rather be safe than sorry.

Be on the lookout also for other symptoms, like the following:

  • If your dog isn’t eating, is having difficulty urinating, is unusually lethargic, these are all symptoms to be aware of.
  • If you suspect a problem – get your dog to the veterinarian, they can run biochemistry tests quickly which will help determine what the problem is.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Seizures and tremors in your dog, particularly when this has never happened before
  • Lethargy, weakness, and quietness
  • Foul breath and oral ulcers
  • Dehydration

 

What Happens When Dogs Eat Grapes

When dogs eat grapes, the outcomes can be catastrophic. Only 53% of the 43 dogs survived in that study. Some of those dogs were so sick they had to be euthanized.

Grapes are one fruit you should never feed you dog.

Outcomes for Dogs After Eating Grapes

Of those 43 dogs in the research sample, 15 made a complete recovery. That’s good news for them and their owners.

20 of the dogs died after eating grapes.

That leaves 8 dogs who did not make a full recovery, suffering ongoing kidney issues.

A dog that suffers a particularly adverse reaction to eating grapes may be required to have ongoing hemo-dialysis until the kidneys recover.

Some dogs may need a kidney transplant to survive.

What’s My Advice?

We’ve talked about what to do after your dog has eaten grapes.

Pro-activity is far preferable to reactivity and the best possible solution is to keep grapes away from your dog.

If you have guests around your table, as I often do, and a dog that likes to scrounge snacks, make sure your guests know what they can and cannot feed him/her.

It’s not just grapes, lots of tasty lunchtime foods like avocado and tiramisu can makes dogs very sick. For a more complete list of foods you shouldn’t feed your dog check out this article.

Just as you watch what small children eat and keep dangerous foodstuffs well out of reach, so too you should with your dog!

 

Final Word / Conclusion

Generally, it’s safe to feed your dog with fruits. These are rich in minerals, nutrients, and antioxidants that prove to be nothing less than healthy for yourself, hence also for your four-legged family members. But, in reading this, you’re now more enlightened that not all fruits have this effect on dogs. Grapes, in particular, can be very toxic for dogs.

There’s not much we can say about dogs that you don’t know already. They’re the fluffiest, furriest, smartest, and cutest four-legged companions, a person can have. The loyalty dogs have towards their humans is unprecedented. Additionally, many of us, if not all, consider our dogs as family members.

We tend to share both joyful and less joyful moments with our family, including our dogs. Therefore, what do you do when your family member gets ill? You become worried, correct? The same happens when your dog gets sick.

Although dogs have a different organism than humans, some cases require immediate attention while others don’t. But, we tend to panic either way.

Dog Diarrhea Explained

Like humans, dogs can suffer from diarrhea as well. Thus, one of the health problems your dog can have is diarrhea. Dog diarrhea is not an illness, but a health problem. The common reason for canine diarrhea happens because the unabsorbed nutrients draw water or retain water into the intestines. If you notice your dog has diarrhea, there’s no need to panic.

There are three different types of diarrhea, each one of which can occur because of various underlying causes:

  • Acute diarrhea happens suddenly with no previous symptoms.
  • Chronic diarrhea can last anywhere from weeks to months.
  • Intermittent diarrhea is a persistent and frequent type that can go on and off in cycles.

What Are The Leading Causes For Your Dog To Have Diarrhea?

Many factors can cause diarrhea in dogs. Since it’s not an illness but a health-related issue, one method to resolve it is by changing your dog’s eating habits. Feeding your dog with table scraps because you can’t resist their cute begging and their big, adorable eyes can be one of the reasons for diarrhea.

If your dog’s diet doesn’t usually include various foods, table scraps, etc., it may cause them to have a soft and watery stool.

Here are the main reasons for diarrhea in dogs:

  • Changed diet.
  • Toxins or poisons.
  • Viral infections, such as distemper, coronavirus, or parvovirus.
  • Bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
  • Pancreatitis, or intestinal cancer.
  • Stress and anxiety caused by introducing a new pet or a family member, traveling, or changing a home.

 

Knowing The Cause Is Essential

To successfully help your dog overcome the diarrhea problem, you must be able to determine the cause. If benign things caused it, diarrhea in dogs usually passes during the first 48 hours. However, if the cause is more severe, and the problem is persistent and more prolonged, you must visit your vet for full diagnostics.

These are the most usual warning signs to be aware of:

  • Bloody diarrhea or black stool.
  • Increased lethargy.
  • Fever and vomiting.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Diarrhea lasts more than 48 hours.

Often diarrhea or loose stools are common in dogs with sensitive stomachs. We always recommend getting your dog checked by a medical professional and if you find it has a sensitive stomach here’s some recommended reading.

You must know that some reasons behind your dog’s diarrhea can have severe consequences. Here are some reasons when you should be worried about your dog’s diarrhea problem:

1. High Fever

If you realize that your dog has a high fever along with diarrhea, you should be alarmed and make a trip to the vet’s office as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will diagnose the problem and treat your dog accordingly.

High fever can also be caused by various viral infections (distemper, parvovirus) as well as bacterial infections, like salmonella.

2. Nausea Or Vomiting

In case you notice that your dog vomits or is nauseated along with diarrhea, a trip to the vet is necessary. The leading reason for vomiting can be food poisoning or ingestion of toxins.

It’s a possibility that your dog ate something from the garbage that’s resulting in excessive vomiting and diarrhea.

3. Decreased Appetite And Weight Loss

Decreased appetite, accompanied by persistent diarrhea, usually means that the problem is severe. In some cases, it’s possible that your dog had food poisoning that may cause this problem to occur.

If you noticed that your dog had lost weight, it should alarm you to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately for further examination.

Always bring your dog’s stool sample when visiting a vet regarding your dog’s diarrhea problem.

4. Weakness Or Lethargy

All dog parents know how their dogs function on a daily basis. It’s not hard to notice if your dog’s behavior is different than usual.

If you see that your dog is lethargic or feels weak while having diarrhea, you should carefully follow the changes.

Diarrhea can weaken the body since it’s draining all the fluids from your dog’s organism. Thus, your dog may feel more tired and lethargic. Acute diarrhea will run its course for a couple of days, and your doggo will be back to normal.

If that’s not the case, consult your veterinarian for further instructions.

Home-Made Remedies Can Help

Several home-made remedies will help relieve your dog’s diarrhea without any medications.

Here are some things to try before panicking and taking your dog to the vet:

  • Canned pumpkin will help soothe and calm your dog’s upset stomach. The body will slowly absorb the pumpkin, which makes it an excellent remedy for both diarrhea and constipation.
  • Boiled white rice and chicken is one of the oldest remedies out there. This method helps in most diarrhea cases, but it’s essential to make sure there are no additives in both chicken and rice.
  • Bone broth is another fantastic home-made remedy that may help your dog with diarrhea. It’ll help ease the upset stomach while it’ll also hydrate your dog.

Preparing bone broth is easy. Simply simmer the whole chicken in water with apple cider vinegar until meat falls off the bone. Also, make sure there are no additives involved.

  • Ginger will help fight nausea, arthritis, and bloating. It’s also an excellent anti-inflammatory natural remedy. Ginger also helps with maintaining a healthy GI tract.

Many of these home-made remedies have helped a lot of people to successfully treat their dog’s acute diarrhea. Before rushing to your vet’s office, make sure to try some or all of these remedies by yourself first.

 

Conclusion

When you notice your dog has diarrhea, it’s not always a big deal, and you don’t need to rush to the vet. Try some of the home-remedies we’ve mentioned in this article, and see if they’ll fix the problem.

If the diarrhea is persistent even after a couple of days, and you notice some of the mentioned side-effects, like vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, then you should consult your veterinarian for further instructions and treatment.