Study Shows Rockford is #1 in US For Hookworm in Dogs And Cats
One of the hardest parts of being a pet owner is your pet not being able to tell you when they're hurt or sick. You've got to pay extra attention to their behavior so you know when something might be off.
According to the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s monthly HOOKWORM report, during the month of June, Rockford had the highest percentage increase in positive hookworm tests. The data is the result of tests conducted by veterinarians.
Some of the risk factors of hookworm include:
So how do they get it? Pets can become infected by hookworm larvae penetrating the skin, licking paws, chewing contaminated toys, or ingesting infected prey such as mice. And it can be fatal.
In people, hookworm infection shows up on the skin with itching at the infection site and appears as a raised rash. People should avoid walking barefoot in areas of potential contamination and wear gloves and shoes when gardening, according to the CAPC.
So as always, keep an eye on your dog wherever they go. And maintain a good watch over their behavior to make sure they aren't sick. For all the signs and symptoms of Hookworm head here.