Roundworms, or Nematoda, are the most common intestinal worms in the dog (almost all puppies are infected) and is the family name for a very large diverse group of worms. The members are difficult to distinguish from each other. Roundworms are round, as the name suggests. The characteristic of roundworms is that they have a tubular digestive system, with openings at both ends of their body.
How does a dog get roundworms ?
A dog can get roundworms by eating eggs contaminated with eggs, for example because contaminated soil sticks to the dog’s fur and is swallowed with licking, or rodents infected with roundworms, such as mice or rats.
What are the symptoms of roundworms in the dog ?
Symptoms of infection with roundworms in the dog include a swollen belly, a bad and dull coat, diarrhea, losing weight and the growth of young dogs.
Are there health risks of roundworms in humans ?
Roundworms can also be harmful to people and especially to children !
Children are easily at risk from contact with contaminated soil. Research by the University of Utrecht has shown that 25% of the parks and 59% of the public sandboxes are infected with the worm eggs. After uptake of the eggs, larvae are released that make a trek through the body. Wherever the larvae get stuck in the body, they cause small inflammations. Children with a predisposition to asthma can show potent allergic reactions due to roundworms. And in exceptional cases the larvae can also end up in the eye and thus damage vision or even cause blindness.