Dogs are very adorable creatures, they are the most popular pets that humans can have; they are cuddly, fluffy and cute but don’t you know that dogs can carry as much as five species of worms? Yes, that’s right, you heard it correctly – worms. Many people might go squeamish about this topic but it is a very serious discussion that you should get into if you are keeping a dog in your house especially when it is living and mingling with your kids.
Species of worms that human can get from dogs
Of all the species of worms that dogs may get infected with, hookworms, tapeworms and roundworms are the only worms that can be transmitted to humans by a dog. However, not all of these species are being transmitted in the same manner to humans or acquired by dogs in similar ways. You can acquire them through different means however; avoiding the transmission and infestation is very easy and it will be briefly explained in this article.
How do dogs get the worm and how do humans acquire it from them?
Yes is the answer if you are asking can humans get worms from dogs? Worms as we know might exists everywhere especially when the environment is thriving for them to populate. Most of dogs get the worms from eating foods or other animals that are infected or being in contact with surfaces where eggs are being scattered then licking themselves. The worms and their eggs enter commonly through ingestion but hookworm can burrow in skins so dogs can acquire it by merely stepping on the ground where the specie exists.
Dogs can transmit worms to other dogs through birth and fleas. A pregnant dog that is infected by a hookworm and roundworms can transmit the worms to their puppies through the placenta before whelping or through the milk after puppies were whelped. Tapeworm on the other hand is acquired and transmitted by a dog to other dogs through its fleas because it is the fleas that carry tapeworm eggs and they infect the dog once they were accidentally ingested.
The transmission of worms from dogs to humans depends on the dog owners practices. Just as hookworm and roundworm can be acquired through direct contact with dogs, tapeworms however can be acquired even when you are not getting in contact with the dog because the carrier which is the flea can travel and accidentally drop in your foods or drinks.
Transmission of worms are very possible if your infected dog licks your hands or any part of your body that may get contact with your mouth, eyes or nose where the worms can enter into your body or by stepping on dog poop that has a worm in it.
How to avoid infestation and transmission
To avoid transmission, you have to avoid what causes infestation. If you suspect that your dog is harbouring a worm in its system, you have to quarantine it until you are sure that it is free from worm and while you are disinfecting the surroundings where eggs might possibly scattered.
Regularly deworm your dogs with all-wormer to kill different species of worms inside it; make the deworming at least every two months but in case of severe infestation, make a routine 2 weeks after the first dose and repeat it every month.
Lastly, avoid your children to kiss your dogs with their lips and make sure to wash their hands properly before eating and talk to your veterinary and doctor when you suspect worm infestation in your area.