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Hookworms, whipworms,
roundworms

Get smart about hookworms, whipworms, and roundworms.


Hookworms

  • Female hookworms can lay up to 30,000 eggs per day1
  • Hookworm larvae can be ingested or absorbed through the skin2
  • Once inside, they feed on your dog’s blood and pass eggs back into the environment through your pet’s feces2
  • Signs include dark, tarry stool, weight loss, and anemia2
  • Puppies are especially at risk and can get hookworms from their mothers, either before birth or while nursing2

Whipworms

  • One of the most common intestinal parasites in dogs, and rates are on the rise3
  • Infected eggs are passed in feces and can survive in soil for years4
  • Detecting and diagnosing whipworm infections can be difficult4
  • Many infected dogs don’t show signs and go undiagnosed and untreated4
  • Signs of a severe infection are bloody diarrhea, anemia, weight loss, and dehydration4
  • Whipworm infections can be deadly if they progress too far4

Roundworms

  • The most common type of worms found in dogs5
  • Easily spread and hard to control
    • Puppies can get roundworms from their mothers6
    • Adult dogs can pick them up from the soil and from infected animals, such as mice6
  • Signs include diarrhea, vomiting, stunted growth, rough coat, and bloated belly6

WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT
INTESTINAL PARASITES?

 

 

References:
1. Wertheim HF, Horby P, Woodall JP. Disease: hookworms. In: Wertheim HF, Horby P, Woodall JP, eds. Atlas of Human Infectious Diseases. West Sussex, England: Wiley-Blackwell; 2012:153.
2. Hookworms. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/hookworms. Accessed November 6, 2015.
3. Banfield Pet Hospital State of Pet Health 2011 Report. Banfield Pet Hospital Website. Vol. 1.
4. Whipworms. http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/whipworms/. Accessed November 6, 2015.
5. Roundworms. Pets & Parasites website. http://www.petsandparasites.org/dog-owners/roundworms/?gclid=CjwKEAiA9uaxBRDYr4_hrtC3tW8SJAD6UU8GF5pohmsgpc3dA4aRUj3ccddmI-BPE_Grc7Q1ElevZBoCY8Hw_wcB. Accessed November 4, 2015.
6. Ascarid (also Roundworm, also Toxocara). http://www.capcvet.org/capc-recommendations/ascarid-roundworm/. Accessed November 6, 2015.