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Social Butterfly July 22, 2004

Dr Dorota Pearson, DVM


Internal Parasites can be dangerous

Internal Parasites can be dangerous


Many puppies are born with internal parasites or become infected shortly after birth.  Roundworms and hookworms can cause severe, sometimes life threatening disease in the first few weeks of a puppy’s life.  Left untreated, these parasitic worms can contaminate your yard with huge numbers of eggs and larvae.  A single female roundworm, for example, can lay up to 100,000 eggs per day.  These eggs can survive in the soil for years before they infect humans and pets.


People, especially children, can be exposed to animal parasites when they work or play in contaminated soil or sand, then accidentally put dirty hands in their mouth. 


Parasitic worms can cause severe illness, even death, in puppies.  In humans, parasitic infections range from mild intestinal upset to visual impairment.  According to a March 2000 survey of pediatricians, 73% of responding pediatricians see cases of pet-to-human zoonotic diseases each year.   Parasitic infections most often seen were caused by roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms.


At Pearson’s Animal Hospital we offer yearly fecal exams to check for internal worms.  The procedure is very quick and inexpensive.  Please call us to make an appointment at 598 2512.  We’re always available, for you, for your pet.  We realize that your pet(s) are often part of the family.  It’s our duty and pleasure to help you enjoy your family.  Call us!  We’d love to be of help.  That’s what we do!