Treating hookworms in dogs
When a dog has a hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum) infection, it can be associated with1:
- Bloody diarrhea
- Pale gums
- Possible death
Stages of the hoookworm lifecycle
Inside the dog’s small intestine, adult female hookworms release eggs.
Eggs are released in feces approximately 10-21 days after infection.
Feces contaminates soil in your yard where immature worms develop from the eggs in about a week.
By walking or playing where dogs frequent, immature worms can infect humans through exposure to unprotected skin.
Contaminated soil on toys or dog’s paws may put the dog at risk of infection if ingested.
Immature worms can remain dormant in your dog’s skeletal muscle.
Skin may be penetrated by immature worms in contaminated soil.
A puppy may become infected through milk when larvae migrate to their mother’s mammary glands.
See how to control hookworms
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Treatment with fewer than 6 monthly doses after the last exposure to mosquitoes may not provide complete heartworm prevention. Prior to administration of Interceptor® Plus (milbemycin oxime/praziquantel), dogs should be tested for existing heartworm infections. The safety of Interceptor® Plus has not been evaluated in dogs used for breeding or in lactating females. The following adverse reactions have been reported in dogs after administration of milbemycin oxime or praziquantel: vomiting, diarrhea, depression/lethargy, ataxia, anorexia, convulsions, weakness, and salivation. Please see full Interceptor® Plus product information for complete safety information or contact your veterinarian.