January Case of the Month
Bella, a 12 month old female spayed hound mix presented to SPH for loose stool and gurgling sounds from her stomach.
Bella’s mom adopted her over a month ago and her stools have not been normal since adoption. Bella is on a high-quality dog food and has no history of eating table food.
Bella has a normal body temperature, heart rate, and respiration. She is hydrated and very active. Her belly did not seem painful when palpated.
Fecal examination revealed both hookworms and whipworms!
This is a whipworm egg under the microscope.
Hookworms and whipworms are intestinal parasites that can cause severe diarrhea, failure to thrive, weight loss, vomiting, and even death.
Hookworms are zoonotic. This means that humans can contract this parasite from their pets! Hookworms cause cutaneous larval migrans in people. Running barefoot through the park may seem pleasant but if the soil is contaminated with canine fecal matter, the eager infective larvae may be waiting to penetrate your skin! Be sure to take precautions.
Bella was immediately given a course of deworming medicine and is on her way to clearing the parasites from her system! Her mom is sure to wash her hands thoroughly after picking up Bella’s fecal matter from the yard.
If you suspect your pet has intestinal worms, please schedule an appointment asap!