Hookworms cause iron-deficiency anemia in dogs because they leech large amounts of blood from the intestine. If your dog has anemia, they will probably have pale gums and may appear lethargic. Hookworms can also give your dog diarrhea, which may be streaked with blood. This can cause your dog to lose weight. If your dog has hookworms embedded in their skin, this can cause itching and irritation. You may notice them scratching around the infested area, especially on their paws.
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