Introduction to Hookworms
How do Pets Get Infected?
- Direct Contact: Larvae, which are an immature form of the worm, can penetrate the skin. This is common if pets walk on contaminated soil.
- Ingestion: Pets can ingest hookworm larvae from the environment or by eating an infected prey animal.
- From Mother to Offspring: Puppies and kittens can get hookworms from their mother's milk if she is infected.
Symptoms of Hookworm Infection
- Anemia due to blood loss
- Pale gums
- Diarrhea, sometimes with blood
- Weight loss
- Fatigue and weakness
- Dry and dull coat
Diagnosis and Treatment
- Regular Screening: Routine testing can help detect and treat any early signs of infection.
- Hygiene: Clean up after your pet promptly. Ensure they don't consume soil or feces.
- Deworming: Regular deworming, as advised by your vet, can help prevent hookworms.
- Protective Barriers: Consider using pet booties or foot wipes if your pet frequents areas known to be contaminated.
Hookworms and Humans
- Intestinal Worms in Dogs & Cats. Merck Manual.
Hookworms in Cats and Dogs. Companion Animal Parasite Council.Note: This article provides a general overview of hookworms in pets. Always consult with a veterinarian for specific advice and recommendations related to your pet's health.
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