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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


    Weight loss
    pale discoloration
    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 de-worming
        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.