Similar to tapeworms and roundworms, hookworms are intestinal parasites that live in the digestive system of your dog (or cat). The hookworm attaches to the lining of the intestinal wall and feeds on your dog's blood. Its eggs are ejected into the digestive tract and pass into the environment through your dog's feces.
Where do hookworms grow?
Hookworm is an intestinal parasite of humans. The larvae and adult worms live in the small intestine can cause intestinal disease.
Where do hookworms come from in dogs?
A dog may become infected when it inadvertently swallows hookworm larvae, often by grooming its feet, or from sniffing feces or contaminated soil. Most larvae that are ingested will move to the intestinal tract to complete their life cycle.
Where does the hookworm attach to?
Hookworm is a parasite that infects the intestines. Hookworm larvae (eggs) enter through your skin. Once they reach the intestine, they hatch. As the name implies, hookworms have a hook-like head that attaches to the intestinal walls.
What animals carry hookworms?
What animals get hookworms? Hookworms are primarily found in carnivores such as, cats and dogs. Up to 96% of the dogs and 80% of the cats in some countries may be infested. Cattle and rodents may also be infested with hookworms.