Hookworms

 

Hookworms
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Ancylostoma Caninum"

These parasitic worms "hook" themselves to the wall of a dogs small intestine and suck their blood.

Dog Health Issues - Description of Hookworms ( Ancylostoma Caninum )
Hookworms are often referred to in two separate words as in Hook Worms because the description of these parasites is that they hook themselves to the wall of the small intestine where they suck blood. These types of worms are called Ancylostoma Caninum. Hookworms measure from an eighth of an inch (3 mm) long and live in the dog's intestines.

 

 

They live by sucking blood from the wall of the intestines. There are many different types of dog and puppy parasites and most puppies are born infested with some form of 'worms'. The generic term "worms" is usually used to describe Roundworms - the most common of all the canine worms. Please note that the Hookworm can be carried from dogs to people.

The Spread of Hook Worms to People
The Spread of Worms can be carried from one animal to another and from animals to humans. The infectious larvae of some hookworm species can penetrate human skin when walking barefoot on infected soil, causing a disorder known as "cutaneous larva migrans" causing itchy red lines or tracks. This condition, however, is extremely rare and has no long-term, adverse reactions. Most incidents are resolved with or without treatment as the larvae eventually die.

Transmission and Prevention of Worms, including Hookworm
The risk of transmission and the spread of worms, including Hook worm, can be minimised by:

  • Exercising sensible sanitary measures
  • Ensuring all excrement is removed from pet areas
  • Ensuring that hands are washed and clean after contact with the dog or puppy
  • Ensure that all produce grown in the garden is washed thoroughly
  • Ensure your dog is free of worms at regular intervals
 

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Preventing or reducing the occurrence of dog and puppy worms by taking de-worming measures prevents the shedding of parasite eggs by your dog or puppy. These eggs contaminate the environment, and, as they can lay dormant for some considerable time, can later re-infect your dog or puppy.

Dog Health Problems - Symptoms of Hookworms
The symptoms of Hookworms are as follows:

  • Anaemia
  • Poor weight-gain
  • Apathy
  • Diarrhoea
 

Dog Health Issues - Different Types of Worms
There are several types of parasites, or worms, which affect pets and are as follows:

  • Roundworms also referred to as Round worms - (Called Ascarids)
  • Tapeworms also referred to as Tape worms (Dipylidium caninum)
  • Whipworms also referred to as Whip worms (Trichuris vulpis)
  • Heartworms ( also referred to as Heart worms  which live inside the dog's heart )

Dog Health Advice
We hope that the canine health information and dog health advice has been of some assistance. But please remember that if you are in doubt about your Dog's Health please consult your Canine Health Specialist.

 

Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
The sole purpose of the Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems is as a reference manual to provide useful information to dog and puppy owners. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat sick dogs or as a substitute for obtaining professional veterinary advice. Please remember that if you are in any doubt about your Dog's Health please consult your Canine Veterinary Specialist immediately.

 

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