Worms – Which Ones Are Dangerous to You?

The thought of worms alone is generally enough to make anyone’s skin crawl. Especially when we talk about the ones that your pet can transfer to you and your children.

Worming is easily and commonly forgotten by pet owners. A lot of pet owners do not know what they are covering for, what they should cover for, or even why.

The scariest thought is that sometimes, you will not even know you or your child/ren have been infected. Problems from worm infestation can range from cysts forming that require surgery to blindness in children.

The most common way for transmission of these creepy creatures is by the dog ingesting eggs on the ground. They then hatch inside the animal’s gastrointestinal tract, lay more eggs, that are then excreted in the faeces, to continue on with another life cycle. This cycle varies, of course, depending on the type of worm.

 

The following list of worms can be transferred from your pet to you or your child/ren. 

 

 

HOOKWORM

Infection occurs due to walking barefoot and larvae living in the soil will penetrate the sole of the foot.
Worldwide, between 576 and 740 million people are infected with Hookworms. Infection is most common in tropical areas where they thrive in warm, moist places.
Dignosis is via a stool sample but can cause a range of symptoms from rash, fever, cough, abdominal pain, loss of appetite to fatigue and heart failure. 
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ROUNDWORM

Infection occurs from ingestion of contaminated soil. It is uncommon to become infected but children are generally at more risk as they often play in the dirt and then put their fingers in their mouth. 
It is estimated that around 807 million to 1.2 billion people around the world are infected with roundworms. 
Roundworm infestations can lead to eye, lung, heart and neurological
problems. 
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TAPEWORM

Tapeworm infection in humans occurs due to eating inproperly cooked meat and often do not cause any symptoms, but segments can be seen moving in a person's faeces. 
It is estimated that around 20 million people globally are infected with Tapeworms. 
If symptoms do occur, nauseous, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite and weight loss are most common. Hydatid Tapeworms can cause cysts to form in the vital organs, such as the lungs and liver. 

 

  

This schedule will vary depending on the quality of the wormer used. Poor quality wormers generally require treatment more frequently. Most veterinarians use a worming prevention that suits the above example. It is always a good idea to contact your local Veterinary Clinic and find out what they use.

Worms are so easily preventable that not treating, is unnecessary, especially when you are potentially risking the health of your pet, yourself and your child/ren.

If you are concerned that you, your child/ren or your pet are infected with any type of worm, contact your doctor/veterinarian immediately for a confirmed diagnosis. 

Prevention is the key to keep your household safe!

 

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