Hookworms can also spread to humans, just like the other worms. That is why a lot of beach do not want dogs on the beach- the hookworms can be passed on to humans not wearing shoes. Almost all worms are spread from animal to animal. Otherwise we would not have worm problems with cats/dogs ect. They are hard to get rid of yes. So pick up the poop and that will help.
Ugh yes! She went to the vet last week. They said she had bad hookworms. I was freaking out and they acted like it was no big deal. They womed her and put her on heartguard. They said it would clear in a few months. I'm so mad at myself! I saw one of my other dogs scooting the other day. What I'm most upset about is my two year old daughter. I mean this whole situation is really messed up. My daughter is a hippy and is always naked. What makes it worse, is this new dog is not house trained and goes where she wants. Man, I'm freaking out now.
Right, I need to call my vet again tomorrow and ask them what the heck I need to do. They just acted like it was no big thing. Asked if my other dogs were on heartguard plus (which I guess is a preventative), but what about my family? When I put hookworms in google, I got results for humans first. My husband will flip if he gets worms form a dog. And it's embarrassing having to take my baby to the doctor with worms, eek. * Blush*. Well, also, does anyone know if you can get wormer for hookworms at the store or do you need to get it from the vet?
I'd buy the wormer from the vet. Don't buy over the counter "Hartz" wormer, I would rather invest in the wormer from the vet for peace of mind. Wormer is one of the most reasonable "medicines" that you can buy for your pets. It is good preventative too, worm them all, the dogs I mean. Keep the dog feces cleaned up, that's another quick way for hookworms to spread.
Thank you, and I'm on top of poo serious now. I'm on poo patrol. My female Chi is scooting, but I think it's because she is in heat. The others aren't doing that. I'm guessing she's trying to spread her smell around as my male is not interested in her. Doesn't matter, she can't have a litter this heat anyway.
Your child is not going to get worms unless they touch the poop and then touched their mouth; or running around in the yard without socks/shoes on. Your child is mostly likely just fine. A lot of animals have worms, you just need to get rid of the worms.