Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms: What You Need To Know About The Intestinal Parasites That Affect Your Dog (And Possibly Your Own)
All dogs can get intestinal parasites. Some dogs are more vulnerable than others. Lifestyle and regular use of routine preventive medication play a large part in determining a dog's risk of contracting an intestinal parasite. Some intestinal parasites can pose a risk to humans as well. Hookworms are a common type of intestinal parasites affecting dogs and pups. Hookworm can be much smaller than roundworms. They are not usually seen in stool or in feces. Adult dogs get hookworms from contact with contaminated soil that contains hookworm larvae.
Nursing dogs may ingest hookworm worm in their mothers' milk. Hook worm infection can be very dangerous to young children. This is due to the amount of blood loss that can occur. The dewormer given during the dog vaccines treats hookworms. The whipworm that affects dogs is rarely transmissible to humans. Treatment involves one or more doses of a special deworming medication. Deworming may need to be repeated when trying to control fleas. The use of flea prevention is recommended. Tapeworm eggs rarely appear microscopically.
The worm that dogs get come in many different shapes. With tapeworms, you often see their egg sacs. They look like rice. While it's possible to catch the worm from handling your dog's feces, it's unlikely. Anemia is possible but not as common with whipworm infection as it is with hookworm infection. . . .