WHAT ARE HOOKWORMS?
A hookworm is a parasite that makes its home in the small intestine of its host, be it a cat, dog or human. Hookworms feed on the blood of their hosts, which can lead to anemia. Other symptoms may include bloody diarrhea, weight loss and weakness. Hookworms usually are contracted through ingestion or through the skin, most commonly via the feet when a pet treads on contaminated ground. Kittens and puppies commonly ingest hookworms via milk from their mothers. A hookworm infestation can be fatal, especially for small kittens and puppies, so it must be treated quickly once detected. Hookworms are more common in dogs than in cats.