Hookworms are tiny parasites, measuring around 3mm in length, that infect the intestines of dogs, as well as cats. Despite being so small, hookworms suck a lot of blood and can exist in large numbers in your pet. Because of this, it is important to get the problem treated before it causes serious, life-threatening anemia in your dog.How do dogs catch hookworm?
Your dog can catch hookworms by eating, walking on, or laying on contaminated dirt or grass. Image credit. To compound the worm problem even more, you cannot count on cold weather to wipe out the worm eggs. Both whipworm and roundworm eggs are transmitted by feces and can live in the soil.How long to get rid of hookworms in dogs?
This treatment is administered orally for around 2-3 weeks. Other treatment that may be given includes IV fluids and electrolytes if the dog is weak, and iron supplements for anemia. If caught early, it usually takes around 3-5 days for symptoms to resolve following medication, and a few weeks to completely eliminate the worms.