There are four common species of hook worms that affect our pets. A hook worm infestation can lead to severe anemia especially in smaller cats and dogs. Hookworms have big appetites and attach themselves to the intestine and feed on blood.
Common signs of hookworms may include
Black, tarry stool
blood in stool
listless or overly tired
Ways hookworms can be transmitted include:
Consumption – eating or smelling contaminated feces)
Hookworms migrate through the skin
They can be passed from mother to offspring through milk
Hookworms can infect humans but not breed in us. They will however cause sores and inflammation until they die.
How to prevent hookworms from taking hold:
Regular fecal testing
The treatment for deworming your pet is repeated treatments, as the medicine can only kill adult worms.
Hookworms are diagnosed by inspection of feces under a microscope.
Fun Fact: A female hookworm can produce over 20,000 eggs per day.
Transmitting hookworms to humans:
It is rare for humans to get hookworms because we are not there natural host.
Humans can contract hookworms when their skin comes in contact with hookworm larva in warm moist soil or sand.