Friday, March 31, 2023

It’s Hook Worm That Could Be Endangering Your Pet’s Health

Hook worm is a very common parasite in southern Europe. It belongs to the family of gastrointestinal nematodes and primarily affects dogs. However, it can also reach the digestive tract of cats and even humans.

It can reach up to 15 millimeters in length.So it is visible to the naked eye. It has a round shape and, as its name suggests, its appearance is inclined. It uses its head to cling to the animal’s digestive tract.

How is it transmitted?

It is spread through contact with faecesThat’s why special care should be taken while taking the dog for a walk.

Although it is very difficult to control, it is necessary to avoid as much as possible that the dog takes the remains found in the street in its mouth. We might as well be the ones bringing the parasite home dragged by shoes,

Since the hookworm lives in the animal’s digestive tract, once it has digested the stolen nutrients excretes the remains in its own intestine, Therefore, the dog or cat excretes their eggs in the feces, spreading the parasites wherever they defecate.

what are the symptoms?

hook worm causes what is known as ankylosmiasis, A serious disease that can endanger the health of the pet, Usually, the first symptom is the presence of blood in the stool. In addition, it is common for animals to present with bouts of diarrhea, a very clear sign that something is not going well.

To this we must also add that there is a parasite in the digestive system of the dog or cat which is absorbing its blood Anemia is another common symptom of this disease.Due to which the mucous membrane and gums appear white.

As a result of all the above, The animal begins to lose weight progressively and shows signs of exhaustion for no apparent reason. The appearance of the fur is also affected, becoming more grey.

Although there is no 100% surefire way to prevent hookworms from affecting a dog or cat, it is Follow the deworming program recommended by the vet, In the case of dogs, deworming should be repeated and monthly. On the one hand, an external anthelmintic is administered on the collar or in a pipette. And, on the other hand, he is given an internal anthelmintic in pill form.

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