Dog Health: Hookworm

Dog | Hookworm

An Introduction to Hookworm

Hookworms are internal parasites which attach to the wall of the intestine, causing damage.

Erin Dowler (veterinarian) – May 2014




Causes of Hookworm

Puppies are commonly infected as larvae can travel across the placenta, be present in their mother’s milk and bitches often start producing eggs in their faeces again. Adults can be infected by eating eggs in the environment from faecal material, eating prey that is infected or by larvae penetrating their skin.




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Symptoms of Hookworm

Symptoms

Signs of an infestation can include weight loss or failure to gain weight, pale gums, weakness, diarrhoea, blood in the stools and coughing. Hookworms feed on blood/tissues in the intestine, so can cause severe anaemia (and even be fatal) in puppies.

Diagnosis

Your vet can check for this by examining a faecal sample....
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Treatment of Hookworm

Treatment

Treatment is via an anti-parasite tablet, which can be supplied by your veterinarian.

Prevention

Puppies and adult dogs need to be dewormed regularly. The risk can be further decreased by picking up faeces and following good hygiene.

Advice/Tips

Hookworm larvae can infect people and cause itchy lesions when they move under the...
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