What's are the chances of a human catching worms from a dog?
Amanda from Louisa, Kentucky
It depends on the worm. Hookworms and roundworms are the biggest risk, with roundworms being the scariest. If a roundworm egg is digested by a human (fecal to oral contact), it doesn't necessarily stay within the digestive tract like it would do in a dog. They can actually travel through the body and cause damage, most notably to an eye. Kids have been blinded due to roundworm ingestion.
It seems unlikely that fecal to oral contact will occur between kids and dogs, but does your dog lick his butt? Does he lick your kids faces? The good news is that roundworms are most common in puppies and less likely to occur in adults. Also, unlike some intestinal worms (whipworms and hookworms, for example), roundworms are clearly visible in your dogs poop. They look like spaghetti noodles. They are also very easy to treat.
Roundworms and hookworms are the reason why it is very important to have your pets checked for internal parasites every year. Just bring in a fresh poopy when you take your pet in for vaccines. Your vet will know what to do with it!
Chances are low, they must be ingested alive. I personally worry about my baby, but my vetrinarian told me there is no need.
If a dog has hookworms, the eggs will be expelled in the feces. A human is able to "pick them up" this way but they will not be in the traditional sense of living in the intestinal tract. If a human gets them this way, it is characterized by itchy, red blilster-type marks (usually on the soles of the feet). This is because the larvae is trying to migrate its way through the body to the intestinal tract---more annoying than anything else as the larvae wind up dying in their quest
I think its kinda scary if you really think about it!(
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For this previous statement, with the woman stating her vet said there is no need to worry about her baby getting it. The dog can lick it's own butt then the baby's face. The worms don't stay in the digestive track like they do with dogs. It can cause blindness and liver damage.
I have found these laying on our bed when the puppy gets up and they were even on our pillow. They look like sesame seeds. Are my daughter and I going to get sick?
On "Facts" 75% of humans have worms. No symptoms but with that % what the hey! Diatomacious earth and I passed what looked like a 5 or 6 inch rope with many long worms superglued side by side. Don't know what they were but I didn't need them so thought I would send them to worm heaven.
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