Dogs can not get rid of worms on their own. Instead, they require some sort of medical intervention to get rid of worms completely.
A Green Diet
You may have seen your dog chomping down on some grass or other plants. But they don’t gain any nutritional benefits from eating those leafy greens, so why do they do it?
It turns out that our canine companions inherited this habit from their non-domesticated ancestors. Out in the wild, canines would eat grass to purge their stomach from parasites, typically worms. The grass induces vomiting, which forces out some, but not all, of the worms dwelling in their stomach.
Other times, the grass also helps the dog pass their stool with more ease. This allows them to expel some of the worms through their feces.
However, worms are especially resilient; they latch onto the intestinal walls with an extremely strong grip. Even strong muscular contractions that occur with vomiting aren’t enough to make them let go.
Additionally, dogs can’t always force themselves to vomit and poop, no matter how much grass they eat. Moreover, excessive induced vomiting may damage your dog’s esophagus.
Therefore, don’t rely on your canine buddy to self-medicate by eating grass. If anything, the green diet is just a temporary relief from pain and irritation.
So, don’t sit around waiting for your pooch to purge out all of its worms. Not only is it not possible, but excessive vomiting and pooping can lead to severe dehydration or further health complications.
Worms Can Be Fatal
Certain cases of worm infestations can be fatal for your dogs. The likelihood of fatality depends upon your dog’s age, general health, and type of worms. But if you treat them timely, there’s no reason that your dog should succumb to a worm infestation.
Younger dogs, especially puppies, are at the highest risk of dying from an untreated worm infestation.
Unlike other intestinal worms, hookworms feed on your dog’s blood. This can lead to anemia, which can, in fact, be fatal for puppies.
Apart from intestinal worms, heartworms are also found to be fatal by causing damage to the organs. In addition, the treatment for heartworms can be expensive, and its side effects can be long-lasting and difficult to manage.
A typical worm infestation, however, shouldn’t be fatal. As long as you intervene quickly, your furry friend should be healthy in no time!