Category: CAPC Guidelines and Resources
Hookworm Overview Detailer
Did you know...
- Although incidence of hookworm varies based on climate, pets are at risk for hookworm disease in all 50 states. Areas with high concentrations of dogs such as dog parks may increase the risk of pets contracting this disease.
- Hookworms live in contaminated soil and infect dogs and cats through penetration of the skin or ingestion of the larvae or an infected paratenic host.
- One species of hookworm can produce about 20,000 microscopic eggs per day!
- Canine Hookworm is a parasite with the potential to infect humans. Infection in people from dog and cat hookworms is generally displayed as itching at the infection site and sometimes appears as cutaneous larval migrans—a winding, threadlike, raised reddish brown rash with occasional bumps and blisters.
Download the CAPC Hookworm Overview Detailer to learn more about hookworm infection and how you can protect your pets and family from this parasite.
CAPC also offers a monthly Top 10 Cities Report to alert pet parents, veterinarians, and pet-related service providers about U.S. metropolitan areas experiencing the highest percent increases in positive hookworm tests. Click here to see if your city made the Top 10.