How Do Dogs Get Hookworms?
There are many ways your dog can become infected with hookworms. Understanding the various means of transmission is necessary to protect your dog from hookworm infection.
- Direct Contact to Skin: If your dog comes in contact with hookworm infected soil or vegetation, the larvae can burrow through your dog’s skin and infect them.1
- Oral Ingestion: Your dog can also contract hookworms if they consume infected soil. This can happen if they eat grass or groom or lick themselves when covered in infected dirt or feces.1
- In Utero or While Nursing: Infected mothers can pass hookworms to their puppies either in utero or through the mother’s milk when nursing.2
Hookworms thrive in warm, moist, and dark environments, like underneath leaves or in moist sandy areas. This also applies to overcrowded environments, like unsanitary kennels with poor sanitation habits, or areas where proper hygiene isn’t followed.