After reading the truth of the parasites who live in dog`s poop, I was curious about what kind of diseases do they transmit? I know that the dog`s poop is a contaminated factor in lakes and rivers but I was in shock when I learned that some parasites (hookworms, roundworms, Coccidia, Giardia, etc…) could be life-threatening for humans and dogs.
As I mentioned above there are several parasites that live in dog feces but in this article I want to focus in a specific parasite called Roundworm. Roundworms are the most common of the parasitic worms found inside a dog, almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives, usually as puppies.
How will roundworms affect my dog?
Roundworms live in the affected dog`s intestines. Many dogs do not have signs of infection. Some symptoms are vomiting, weigh lost, dull hair and a potbellied appearance. The dog may cough if the roundworms move into the lungs.
To prevent this situation we must keep our dog`s living area
clean, remove feces regularly and, if possible, prevent your dog from eating wild animals that may carry roundworms. To get rid of roundworms that are passed from the mother dog, you must follow the following steps:
- Puppies should be treated 2,4,6 and 8 weeks of age and then receive a preventive treatment monthly
- Fecal examinations should be conducted 2 to 4 times during the first year of life and 1 or 2 times each year in adults.
- Nursing mother should be kept on monthly preventive and treated along with their puppies to decrease the risk of transmission.
Bear in mind roundworms do pose a significant risk to human too, any contact with contaminated soil or dog feces can result in human ingestion and infection. Also once we are infected the worms can cause eye, lung, heart and neurological signs in people. So let`s keep your home and public spaces clean of dogs feces, pick up after your pet and remember to take your dog to the veterinarian for periodic examinations.