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Your veterinarian is best equipped to treat hookworms in your puppy. By: crazymandi

Hookworms are some of the worst internal parasites for dogs. They can’t be seen by the naked eye, but their devastation on a dog’s body is obvious.

Veterinarians know best how to treat hookworms in dogs. This is not a time for do-it-yourself treatment.

Because they literally hook themselves into the intestine, hookworms suck the blood from the infested victim.


This can cause not only anemia but death as well. These nasty critters can also be transmitted to people, so vigilance regarding your puppy’s health is important.

Hookworms live in the intestines and can be transmitted to puppies during pregnancy as well as through the mother’s milk.

Symptoms of Hookworms in Dogs

Enlargement of canine hookworms
  • Bloody and tar-like stool — a dark, jelly-like substance
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Gums that are paler than usual
  • Being more tired than usual

Hookworms can be transmitted to humans. Walking barefoot on contaminated soil can lead to major trouble. This is one of the reasons you have to be careful about diagnosis and treatment.

Lack of treatment for both human and canine could cause death.

Don’t miss this quick video from Dr. Sam Meisler, DVM, about hookworms and roundworm in dogs:


Treatment and care, if hookworms are caught early enough, are rather simple.

Oral medications usually kill these parasites. With a proper diet, which may include supplements such as Lixotinic, the puppy should recover nicely.

It’s important that your vet diagnose the problem and treat it — any attempted home remedies will jeopardize your pet’s health.

Once your vet begins de-worming your dog, stay on top of cleaning up the poop. Immediately scoop up feces to keep your dog from being re-infested and to keep you and your family safe. Without proper sanitation, the hookworms will live and thrive on your lawn and everywhere else your dog “goes.”

Three de-worming treatments are usually required for hookworms. At each visit, the vet will do a fecal flotation and examine the stool. Once the stool samples are clean and free of worm eggs, the treatments will cease.


Most preventive hookworm pet meds prevent both roundworm and hookworm problems. You should have your pet tested for heartworm as well, and put on a preventive medication.

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  • Carl

    This is a common problem with dogs. Thats why regular check ups with veterinarian are very important, as those hookworms can be harmful for human health as well.

  • Rachel

    I treated my dog for hook worms for three consecutive days five days ago. He has been off of his deworming medication for the second day now and has started vomiting. Is this normal? When should he get an appetite back in order to eat food again?

    • Pets Adviser

      If it were us, we’d call the vet and mention the vomiting if it keeps happening. This is just an opinion; we can’t offer medical guidance.

  • Maria

    How can you tell if a human gets hookworms from the dog or what can we do to prevent, like not have them close or what is best recommended?