Worse Than An Apple: White Worms In Dog Poop

Worms in dog poop

You’re being a good neighbor and picking up after your dog when you notice something – movement, in your dog’s stool. Once you get over the initial revulsion, you see that there are white worms in your dog’s poo. Don’t freak out! Unexpected surprises when you’re cleaning up after your dog are gross, but more common than you might think. Here’s what you need to know about worms in dog poop.

Tell-Tale Signs of Worms

Some dogs don’t show any symptoms when they have worms, while others can show the following:

  • Abnormal stool including: blood tinged, mucous stool or diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Vomiting or loss of appetite
  • Signs of abdominal pain including a sudden pot-belly
  • Weight loss and hair loss
  • Scooting of the hindquarters or excess licking of the anus
  • And of course the number one sign: white worms in the dog poop

What Do The Worms Look Like?

Should you care to take a closer look, you can identify what type of worms are affecting your dog by their size and shape.


Roundworms: Look very similar to spaghetti with long, smooth white or off tan bodies and can range from 8-18 cm.


Tapeworms: Have flat bodies made up of segments. White or tannish, the tapeworms themselves can be 250 cm long but you will usually only find segments of the worms in dog feces and vomit, often expanding or contracting. You may also find them clinging to hair around your pup’s anus or genital hairs.


Whipworms: Extremely small and very thin (are often mistaken for a piece of hair) and thus much more difficult to notice.



How Did My Dog Get Worms?

There are many ways for your dog to come into contact with worms. Many dogs can get the worms from fleas or small rodents or from accidentally eating worm eggs from contaminated soil or stool.


Important Tips For Dealing With Worms

If you suspect your dog has worms, make sure to properly dispose of any and all infected dog feces from the yard and any play areas. Collect the feces with gloves and wash your hands properly to avoid passing on the worms to yourself or others.


Treating Worms

The veterinary staff at ZippiVet is well versed in both treating and preventing all sorts of worms and parasites. Prior to your vet visit make a list of the symptoms and behaviors you notice in your dog and try to collect a sample of the worm to bring in. The skilled ZippiVet vets will be able to administer the proper treatment and dewormer as well as help you develop the proper prevention plan for the future to keep your pup worm free for good. Contact ZippiVet today to make an appointment or speak to a vet.   

Ditch The Kibble: Austin’s Best Dog Friendly Restaurants

Dog Friendly Austin Restaurants

Austin has many great things: the weather, the food, the plethora of music. But one of the greatest things is how much we love our pets. We can’t say for certain that Austin is constantly listed as one of the greatest places to live because we’re dog friendly, but it certainly can’t hurt. From our numerous dog parks to our pet friendly apartments, you can take your fur baby just about anywhere. To celebrate, ZippiVet has compiled a list of all the best dog friendly restaurants so your favorite companion can join you for some tasty cuisine. (Just don’t feed them any of the people food!

Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Austin:



The sausage and beer garden comes complete with a closed off area for pups of all sizes to play together.



The beautiful North Austin restaurant welcomes all furry friends on the sunny front patio. Since most of the dining is outdoors you will be able to dine with your fur friend in ultimate comfort.  

Opal Divine's

Opal Divine’s

This Austin pub is just as famous for its commitment to natural food and its amazing drink selection as it is for its pet accommodations – including a large patio and small dog menu.

Easy Tiger

Easy Tiger 

The part time bakery, part time beer garden is full time pet friendly with plenty of room for dogs in the outdoor area (plus ping pong tables for people!)

Uncle Billy's

Uncle Billy’s

The perfect pit stop after a long hike along the Greenbelt or play date in Zilker Park, Uncle Billy’s is completely pet friendly and serves up delicious BBQ and brews for the humans.

Yard Bar

Yard Bar

Austin’s million dollar idea is a beautiful dog park complete with a bar serving up cocktails, beer, snacks, salads, and soups – plus there’s a dog menu with dog friendly Beef Sliders and Ice Cream.


Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company 

The popular beer garden and pizza joint is beloved by people and pups. There are with plenty of shady places to hang, a dog watering station and dog bowls for all.

Whip In

Whip In

The Indian-Fusion restaurant/brewery/venue is the perfect place for you to enjoy delicious food while your dog enjoys your company. Plus, the outdoor bar means you never have to tie up or leave your dog to refresh your brew.

Snack Bar

Snack Bar

Looking for something a little more upscale? Snack Bar serves up delicious meals and cocktails on a beautiful patio complete with a fire pit – and it’s all dog friendly.

Jo's Coffee House

Jo’s Coffee House

Need to catch up on some studying or people watching with the pup? Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and  a breakfast taco at this Austin icon.

Parking and Barking: Austin’s Best Dog Parks


Austin is a famously dog friendly-city, and one of the best bonding experiences you and your four-legged friend can have is to visit a dog park together. There are dog parks all over Austin where you and your dog can make some friends, get some exercise and enjoy our beautiful city. While ZippiVet is located in North Austin, we’ve had the chance to enjoy dog parks across Austin and here are a few of our favorites.

Auditorium Shores

The Auditorium Shores Leash-Free Dog Zone is an iconic part of Austin’s Lady Bird Lake. Located off West Riverside Dr., this park is full of green space for dogs to run and play, and then they can cool off in the river during sweltering hot Texas days. Few things are more idyllic than playing fetch in the water with a beautiful downtown Austin backdrop. Auditorium Shores is a classic Austin dog park. 

Zilker Park

Zilker Park is another beautiful outdoor space to enjoy with your dog. You’ll find Zilker Park off of Barton Springs Road, and there is plenty for you and your pup to do here. There are soccer fields zoned for leash-free running dog activities – think Frisbee, chase, and playing catch with man’s best friend. Zilker is often used for concerts and events, so check things out online before heading over on big weekends.

Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park offers a completely different off leash experience for you and your dog. Instead of a giant, empty soccer field, Walnut Creek has winding trails that weave in and out creeks and canyons. You and your dog can experience nature while getting in some exercise at the same time.

Cedar Bark Park

Cedar Bark Park is one of a kind. Spread across five acres, the Bark Park is fenced in and has separate areas for large and small dogs. With plenty of room to play and make friends, there’s also a pier that leads out to a dogs-only pond. Once your pup has made a sufficient mess, Cedar Bark Park actually offers a doggie showering station to get cleaned up before getting in the car and heading home.

Regardless of your outdoor style, Austin definitely has a dog park perfect for you and your canine companion. Before you and your best friend head out to meet other dogs, make sure you’re up to date on your pet’s boosters and vaccinations. At ZippiVet, we can make sure your dog is ready to make new friends without getting sick!

ZippiVet is Sponsoring Austin Pets Alive!

ZippiVet Sponsoring Austin Pets Alive!

This week, we’re proud to announce the realization of a dream that has been in the works for some time. ZippiVet has committed to sponsoring Austin Pets Alive!, Austin’s groundbreaking no-kill shelter, for five years!

ZippiVet will be providing financial support to APA!, as well as educational tools in the form of a take-home kit for new pet parents and quarterly educational articles on the APA! website written by Dr. Wystrach.

For all the details, check out the press release below.

Thank you all for your support of ZippiVet and Austin Pets Alive!

ZippiVet Animal Hospital Commits To 5 Year Sponsorship Of Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Pets Alive! is proud to announce that ZippiVet Animal Hospital has committed to a five year sponsorship of Austin Pets Alive! with special interest in providing medical supplies to the pets in APA!’s care and valuable pet parenting information to those who adopt from APA!.

“We are honored to have such a huge commitment from ZippiVet for the next five years. This sponsorship guarantees the future of the work we do,” said Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director for Austin Pets Alive!. “We are so grateful for Dr. Wystrach and the rest of the team at ZippiVet for their support. We look forward to making Austin even better for pets with their help.”

In addition to a monthly cash donation to support APA! programs, Dr. Wystrach will provide quarterly pet parenting tips to help adopters and fosters stay informed on preventative care to keep their dogs and cats happy and healthy. These articles will be hosted on the APA! blog and serve as an educational resource that everyone can access.

As part of their effort to enhance the adoption experience, ZippiVet Animal Hospital will also be providing each new adopter a starter kit for onsite adoptions at Austin Pets Alive!’s Town Lake Animal Center and Tarrytown locations that will include pet product samples and educational information.

“ZippiVet Animal Hospital is proud to provide financial resources, preventative care assistance for adopted pets and a contribution to the forever homes of Austin Pets Alive! families,” said Dr. Wystrach from ZippiVet Animal Hospital, “We understand the importance of adopting a pet from a shelter and the no-kill movement for companion animals. We value the human-animal bond and honor the great work and lifesaving efforts of APA!.”

For more information on corporate sponsorship opportunities and how your business can support Austin Pets Alive!, contact [email protected]

Austin Pets Alive! is a 501(c) 3 (nonprofit) organization. Austin Pets Alive! is focused on helping the healthy and treatable pets at risk of euthanasia at city shelters. Our mission is to promote and provide the resources, education and programs needed to eliminate the killing of companion animals.

Hunger Strikes: Why Your Cat Won’t Eat


There are many urban legends and idioms surrounding cats and their resilience – including the idea that cats have nine lives or land on their feet all the time. However, our feline friends are also some of the most sensitive pets and can be prone to depression, anxiety or illness when change occurs. When your cat stops eating it’s usually trying to alert you to the fact that something is wrong in the only way it knows how.

Here are ZippiVet’s top five reasons why your cat won’t eat.

Illness and Pain:

If your cat is ill, one of the first symptoms may be their lack of appetite and disinterest in food. Illnesses that can affect your cat’s appetite range from serious (infections, kidney failure, intestinal issues, the flu, cancer) to simple (an upset stomach). So it’s important to continue to observe your cat for symptoms including weight loss, vomiting, or diarrhea and bring your cat to Zippivet for a complete diagnosis.

Dental Problems:

Your cat may be avoiding food due to toothaches or pain when eating, especially if it’s an older cat. Common dental issues for cats include feline stomatitis (swelling and ulcers of the mouth), tooth resorption or fractured teeth.

Internal Obstructions:

Sometimes a curious kitten may get into something they’re not supposed to and, well, eat it. Foreign objects can get caught in your cat’s stomach. Common culprits include: string, small cat toys, tinsel, string lights, rubber bands, etc. These items may lodge themselves in the cat’s GI tract or wrap around intestines causing intense pain.

Depression or Anxiety:

Cats can be super sensitive to change. If you have recently moved, returned from a vacation, moved in with new people, changed your schedule or introduced a new pet to the home, these could all trigger psychological issues in your kitty leading to lack of appetite or food strikes.

Fickle Eating Habits:

Some cats are just plain fickle. Have you recently changed the brand of food or switched from wet to dry (or vice versa)? Perhaps your kitty is the high maintenance sort and is on a hunger strike when you switch from the Fancy Feast to the generic kibble.

What to do if your cat won’t eat:

If you notice other symptoms of illness including: weight loss, diarrhea, hair loss, excessive hiding, constipation, bleeding gums or teeth, or swelling in the mouth; bring your cat to your ZippiVet immediately so they can check for illness, dental disease or internal obstructions and provide a proper diagnosis.

If you chalk feline loss of appetite up to fickleness or psychological issues try to tempt your kitty with small quantities of tuna or liver or warm up some canned wet food.  Also, bring your kitty into ZippiVet to meet with one of the trained vets to address their dietary and nutritional needs and find a proper nutrition regime that will keep both you and your kitty happy.
Contact ZippiVet to set up an appointment or discuss your cat’s diet today.