small thin worms that range from a quarter to a half inch in length. They attack the small intestines of your pet, sucking blood and fluid from the host. This can lead to severe blood loss.
Signs of an infected animal are dark wine colored even black diarrhea, anemia, weight loss and progressive weakness. These symptoms can occur as early as ten days after being exposed.
The worms can pass through the pads of your pet's feet, belly or by eating contaminated soil. It is important to keep any pet areas clean and sanitary.
These worms live in the soil and can survive up to seven days. If your pet is infected, it is good protocol to clean up any stools.
Prevention is important and can start as early as two weeks of age. There are several type of dewormers available to protect your pet. Your Veterinarian will provide an administration schedule for puppies under one year of age. After their first year, your pet can be dewormed annually with their Heartworm preventatives.
Treatment involves dewormers prescribed by your Veterinarian. There are many types of dewormers to treat these parasites and they must be administered on a schedule recommended by your Veterinarian.
Hookworms can be passed to humans. They present as lumps and streaks that are extremely itchy. They will penetrate the skin when they come in contact. It is highly recommended to see a medical professional for treatment.
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