Intestinal Worms in Dogs

Aug 20, 2012 by

Intestinal Worms in Dogs

Pets can be great member of your family and can be great friend of your children. People who love animals actually know what pure and shared love is and they enjoy in the hours spent with their pets. However, just like people, pets can get diseases and be under the weather sometimes. In this article, you can find useful information on different types of intestinal worms in dogs that can be easily transmitted to people. We will try to explain you what happens when your dog has parasites and what you should do to avoid transmitting such parasites to you and your children.

Intestinal worms in dogs

If you have a dog in your home as a pet, then you probably want to know how intestinal worms in dogs actually end up in your dog. Puppies may suffer from intestinal worms from the day they were born. Such case is usually due to transmitting intestinal worms from the mother to the newborn puppies. Adult dogs can contract intestinal worms from worms infested soil or pray that has intestinal worms. Dogs usually ingest intestinal worms while they are still larvae. The larvae travel to the liver of the dog and they grow in mature worms. Then, they travel to the lungs and the dogs swallows them, taking them to their “home“, the intestines. The grown intestinal worms reproduce and the new larvae are expelled trough dog’s feces, starting the cycle all over again. There are different types of intestinal worms found in pets, such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms etc. All intestinal worms have specific symptoms and some of them can be transmitted to human and can cause health issues. Therefore, if you and your family have dog pet, then it is recommended to take it to regular examinations to your veterinarian and immediately report any suspect behavior of your dog to your vet. In this manner, you will ensure good quality of life and health of your dog, but also of your family.

Intestinal parasites in humans

There are different types of intestinal parasites in dogs. Some of them are harmless for human and cannot be transferred to humans, while other may cause many health issues. Intestinal parasites in humans can be transferred when human come in soil where dogs have defecated or by walking barefoot on dog’s feces contained soil. In some cases, intestinal parasites in humans may happen as a result of ingestion of fleas. That is why, always wear glows while working with soil and never walk barefoot on soil where gods might have defecated. Moreover, make sure that your children do not play on/with such soil.

Health issues of intestinal worms in humans

Intestinal worms in humans may cause different health issues. For example, round worms can cause health state known as Visceral Larva Migrans. The hookworms may cause Cutaneous Larva Migrans when present in human body. In order to prevent any health issues and especially in order to protect your children against any health issues related to intestinal worms in humans, regularly take your dog to the vet and regularly give your dog over the counter available deworming medications.

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