In addition to heartworms, dogs and puppies are also at risk of dangerous intestinal worms.
Roundworms and hookworms are common intestinal parasites that cause serious health hazards.
- Parasites that live in the intestines of infected dogs
- Robbing dogs of nutrients and sometimes even blocking passage of their food
- Roundworms may infect a dog of any age, but they are especially dangerous to puppies.
- Dogs may be infected with roundworms by accidentally ingesting eggs or larvae in contaminated soil or feces, or receive the young worms from the mother before they are born or during nursing.
Signs of roundworms infection in dogs include:
- Reduced appetite
- Dull and scruffy-looking fur
- Enlarged abdomen ( ‘pot belly’)
- Parasites that live in the intestines of infected dogs.
- Though not as common as roundworms, hookworms are potentially more lethal, especially to puppies.
- Hookworms feed on the intestinal walls of your dog and the dog may bleed.
- Dogs may be infected with hookworms by accidentally ingesting eggs or larvae in contaminated soil or feces, or from mother to puppy before born or during nursing.
- Hookworms larvae also infect dogs by penetrating directly through their skin
Signs of hookworm infection in dogs include:
- Dark or bloody diarrhoea
- Weight loss
- Pale gums
- Sudden death
Roundworms and Hookworms – A threat to people too!
- The same roundworms and hookworms that can infect your dog may also infect you and your family
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate more than 10,000 cases of human infection with roundworms per year in the United States.
- Dogs with roundworms and hookworms infection may increase the risk of human exposure, especially in children.
- People may acquire these worms through contact with objects or areas contaminated by the fecal matter of an infected dog, such as:
- playground, beaches and sandboxes
- parks and other public spaces frequented by pets
Roundworms infestation in human can cause:
- Damage to internal organs
- Partial or total blindness
Hookworms infestation in human can cause:
- Red, itchy skin rashes ( commonly referred to as ‘ creeping eruption’)
- stomach discomfort and nausea
- intestinal blockage and impaired growth