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Now we’ll talk about hookworms and tapeworms, but first, here’s a veterinarian who will explain the basics of how humans can get worms from dogs. Watch this, then we’ll tell you more of what you need to know:
Hookworms enter the human host usually through the skin. More often than not, the infestation occurs from the person walking through contaminated soil with bare feet. A rash with incredible itching will be noticed at the site of entry. The person can experience diarrhea, weight loss and anemia. Hookworms are not to be taken lightly. People have actually died from untreated hookworm infections. If you suspect an internal parasite infection, please seek medical help regardless of how embarrassed you feel.
Watch Those Fleas!
Wondering if we can get tapeworms from dogs or cats? The answer, again, is yes. It’s very rare, but transmission of the Dipylidium caninum tapeworm can occur if you were to swallow an infected flea (which is exactly how our pets get tapeworms).
Proper sanitation will help decrease your risk of getting parasites from dogs. Do not walk barefoot where your dog poops. Wash your hands after petting a pet that has been diagnosed with parasites. Never let a puppy with worms sleep with you! The eggs can get into the bedding and invade your body. In a nutshell, be smart.
Can humans get worms from dogs? You bet. Is it embarrassing? Certainly it is. Can it be cured? Indeed, treatment is usually simple. Finally, can a worm infection from a dog be fatal? Yes. If you suspect that you have parasites, seek medical advice pronto.
- PetEducation: Can people get worms from their pets?
- UGA College of Veterinary Medicine: How do dogs get worms?
- WebMD: Heartworms in dogs: facts and myths
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