Hookworms in dogs are tiny parasitic worms which can live inside a dog's intestines. They survive by feeding on the dog's blood supply and can increase in numbers very quickly. If your dog gets hookworms, there's no need to panic as they usually only cause mild symptoms in adult animals. However, they can cause discomfort and health problems for your dog in the long term. For this reason, it's important to recognize the signs of hookworms and know what to do if your dog develops symptoms.


1. How Do Dogs Get Hookworms?

Dogs usually get hookworms by accidentally ingesting hookworm larvae, usually by eating the feces of an infected animal or contaminated soil. Water can also become contaminated with hookworms, infecting animals that drink it. Hookworm larvae can burrow into a dog's skin if they lie or walk on contaminated soil. This is most likely to happen on the pads of their paws. The larvae could then get into the dog's digestive system when they groom themselves.

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