How to Treat Hookworms in Dogs

Hookworms live in the intestines. By: AmazonCARES

Hookworms are some of the worst internal parasites for dogs. They cannot be seen by the naked eye, but their devastation on the body is obvious.

Veterinarians know best how to treat hookworms in dogs. This is no time for do-it-yourself treatment.

Because they literally hook themselves into the intestine, hookworms suck the blood from the infested victim.


This can cause not only anemia but death as well. These nasty critters can also be transmitted to humans, so vigilance regarding your puppy’s health is of the highest importance.

Hookworms live in the intestines and can be transmitted to puppies in utero as well as through the mother’s milk.

Symptoms of Hookworms in Dogs

Enlargement of canine hookworms

Bloody and tar-like stool is usually noticed by the pet owner. The dark, jelly-like substance is one of the telltale signs. Weight loss and diarrhea are also symptoms.

Look at the gums: if they are paler than usual, that is a sign. Being more tired than usual is another sign.

Hookworms can be transmitted to humans. Merely walking barefoot on contaminated soil can lead to major trouble. This is one of the reasons diagnosis and treatment must be done with diligence.

Lack of treatment for both human and canine could cause death.

Don’t miss this quick video from Sam Meisler, DVM, about hookworms and roundworm in dogs:

How to Treat Hookworms in Dogs

Treatment and care, if hookworms are caught early enough, are rather simple.

Oral medications usually kill these parasites. With a proper diet, which may include supplements such as Lixotinic, the puppy should recover nicely. It’s important that a veterinarian diagnose the problem and treat it — any attempted home remedies will jeopardize your pet’s health.

Once your vet begins de-worming your dog, remain vigilant in cleaning up the poop. Immediately scoop up feces to keep your dog from being re-infested and to keep you and your family safe. Without proper sanitation, the hookworms will live and thrive on your lawn and everywhere else your dog does his business.

Your vet will usually require three de-worming treatments for hookworms. At each visit, she will do a fecal flotation and examination of the stool. Once the stool samples are clean and free from worm eggs, the treatments will cease. This does not mean to stop being vigilant about sanitation; it just means that for now you’ve managed to eliminate hookworms in the dog.


Most preventive hookworm pet meds ward off both roundworm and hookworm problems. It would be a sound decision to have your pet tested for heartworm as well, and put on a preventive medication.

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  • Carl

    This is a common problem with dogs. Thats why regular check ups with veterinarian are very important, as those hookworms can be harmful for human health as well.

  • Rachel

    I treated my dog for hook worms for three consecutive days five days ago. He has been off of his deworming medication for the second day now and has started vomiting. Is this normal? When should he get an appetite back in order to eat food again?

    • Pets Adviser

      If it were us, we’d call the vet and mention the vomiting if it keeps happening. This is just an opinion; we can’t offer medical guidance.

  • Maria

    How can you tell if a human gets hookworms from the dog or what can we do to prevent, like not have them close or what is best recommended?