Hookworm

Hookworms are small, thread- like parasites of the small intestine where they attach and suck large amounts of blood.  These parasites are found in almost all parts of the world, being common in dogs, and occasionally seen in cats.

Symptoms are usually diarrhea and weight loss.  The parasites can actually suck so much blood that they cause pale gums from anemia, and black and tarry stools.  Young puppies can be so severely affected that they die.  Infection can be by ingestion of breast milk from an infected mother, by ingestion of infective eggs, or by skin penetration of infective larvae.

Since the adult parasites are so small, they are rarely seen in the stool.  Diagnosis of these parasites is by the veterinarian or laboratory finding the microscopic eggs in the stool.

There are a variety of medications that can kill hookworms.  The important point to know is that there is no one medicine that will kill all the types of intestinal parasites that exist.  Some of the monthly "heartworm preventatives" will also work to treat hookworms.

People exposed to hookworms can develop a rash called cutaneous larval migrans.  Infective larvae, usually from contaminated yards, can penetrate human skin and cause red tracts. 
   Locations

 

Animal Hospital - Bowling Green

Dr. Amanda Alexander
Dr. Michael Doyle 

1777 Campbell Lane 

270-781-5606
Emergencies
270-781-5606
animalhospital@heartlandveterinary.com

 


 

Heartland Veterinary Hospital of Danville   
Dr. Aaron Rowland
1324 Lebanon Road

Danville, KY 

40422     
859-238-7500
Emergencies 
859-238-7500
danville@heartlandveterinary.com

 


 

Heartland Veterinary Hospital of Elizabethtown  
Dr. Will Flanagan  
Dr. Kristen Jones 
108 Blue Heron 

WayElizabethtown, KY 4270  
270-737-1772
Emergencies
270-737-1772
etown@heartlandveterinary.com




Contact

Heartland Veterinary Hospital Corporate
1324 Lebanon Way
DanvilleKY 40422
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Phone: 859-238-7500
Fax: 859-236-4324

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