Dogs and Hookworm

Dogs and Hookworm

We take a look at the symptoms, prevention and treatment for hookworm in Dogs.

About hookworm

Hookworm is a small thread-like worm that can affect dogs. This small parasite can be quite difficult to spot as they reach a length of around 3mm. Hookworm take their name from their hook-like mouths that cling to the walls of a dog’s intestines, where they suck blood from the blood vessels in the gut. An adult female hookworm can produce up to 20,000 eggs a day. Although small in size, hookworm can suck a huge quantity of blood, which can lead to anaemia in dogs. Puppies are most at risk, as infected mother can pass hookworm to puppies before birth and after birth through their milk.

How can my dog pick up hookworm?

Puppies are most at risk from contracting hookworm, and this can occur through the placenta or milk from an infected mother.

Hookworm larvae can also penetrate the skin of a dog, especially through the paws and then migrate to the small intestine.

Symptoms of hookworm

Symptoms of hookworm in dogs can include tiredness and fatigue, pale gums and diarrhoea.

Treating hookworm in dogs

Treatment for hookworm does tend to be successful and most dogs make a full recovery, however hookworm can be fatal to puppies, so important to worm puppies from 2 weeks of age. Consult your vet for advice before worming a pregnant dog.

Preventing hookworm in your dog

Hookworm is preventable by maintaining a regular and effective worming routine for your dog.

FAQ’s about hookworm

Can humans pick up hookworm from dogs?

Yes and no! Hookworm larvae can burrow into human skin, but luckily do not develop into adult worms. They can cause irritation to skin.

Can cats catch hookworm?

Yes, cats can catch hookworm.

What other worms can affect my dog?

The other common worms that affect dogs in the U.K. are:







Article by: The Pet Owners Association