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Parasites in Dogs
Dogs carry worms which can make them unwell. These worms may also affect people and farm animals.
Worms can be passed from pregnant dogs to the puppies.
The worms suck the dogs’ nutrients making them weak.
Worms are shed into the environment through faeces. These worms contaminate the environment.
Children are at the highest risk as they spend the most �me with dogs.
Look a�er your dog and protect your own health
Deworm adult dogs every 3 months and puppies every month.
Do not feed your dog uncooked or condemned meat.
Do not allow your dog to roam freely, where it may scavenge on uncooked meat.
For ques�ons about the health of your dog, call the sub-county vet office: __________________
Wear closed shoes outside where there are dogs.
Bury or burn your dog’s faeces.
Always wash your hands a�er handling faeces.
Here is a summary of the different types of worms which can infect
both you and your dog:
Type of Worm Species Name Transmission Method Control Strategy
Hookworms
Ancylostoma
caninum
Unicinaria sp.
Dogs: Dogs pass the worm to
their puppies during lacta�on.
Eggs are passed in faeces, which
contaminate the environment.
Dogs: Deworm your dogs every 3
months. Deworm your pregnant dog
before she gives birth to puppies.
Humans: Worms migrate through
the skin.
Humans: Wear closed shoes outside.
Roundworms
Toxocara canis
Strongyloides
Dogs: Dogs pass the worm to
their puppies during lacta�on.
Eggs are passed in faeces, which
contaminate the environment.
Dogs: Deworm your dogs every 3
months. Deworm your pregnant dog
before she gives birth to puppies.
Humans: Eggs are accidentally
ingested from unclean hands.
Eggs can also be ingested from
undercooked meat.
Humans: Always wash your hands
a�er handling dog faeces or working
with soil. Cook all meat thoroughly
before ea�ng.
Tapeworms
Dipylidium
caninum
Echinococcus sp.
Taenia sp.
Spirometra sp.
Dogs: Worms are passed to dogs
through bi�ng fleas. Worms are
ingested through ea�ng organ
meat from livestock. Eggs are also
passed in the faeces, which
contaminate the environment.
Dogs: Always cook meat before
feeding to your dog. Do not feed
condemned meat to your dog. Keep
your dog away from livestock and
prevent your dog from roaming,
where it may scavenge on raw meat.
Deworm your dogs every 3 months
and treat them for fleas.
Humans: Eggs are accidentally
ingested from the environment
due to unclean hands. Worms can
be also passed from fleas.
Humans: Always wash your hands
a�er handling dog faeces or working
with soil. Always cook meat
thoroughly before ea�ng.
Protozoa
Giardia
Cryptosporidium
Neospora
Dogs: Eggs are passed in the
faeces. Worms are ingested from
contaminated water. Eggs are
ingested from uncooked meat.
Dogs: Cook meat thoroughly before
feeding to your dog. Provide your
dog with fresh, clean drinking water.
Deworm your dogs every 3 months.
Humans: Eggs are ingested from
unclean food and water, or from
unclean hands.
Humans: Always wash your hands
a�er handling dog faeces. Always
cook meat thoroughly before ea�ng,
and ensure to clean fruits and
vegetables with a water from a
reputable source.
Follow the strategies advised to protect you and your dogs.
This informa�on leaflet was authored by Camille Glazer, Nicholas Bor, Annabel Slater, Geoffrey Njenga, and
Lian Thomas from the Interna�onal Livestock Research Ins�tute and the University of Liverpool in April 2022.

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Parasites in dogs

  • 1. Parasites in Dogs Dogs carry worms which can make them unwell. These worms may also affect people and farm animals. Worms can be passed from pregnant dogs to the puppies. The worms suck the dogs’ nutrients making them weak. Worms are shed into the environment through faeces. These worms contaminate the environment. Children are at the highest risk as they spend the most �me with dogs. Look a�er your dog and protect your own health Deworm adult dogs every 3 months and puppies every month. Do not feed your dog uncooked or condemned meat. Do not allow your dog to roam freely, where it may scavenge on uncooked meat. For ques�ons about the health of your dog, call the sub-county vet office: __________________ Wear closed shoes outside where there are dogs. Bury or burn your dog’s faeces. Always wash your hands a�er handling faeces.
  • 2. Here is a summary of the different types of worms which can infect both you and your dog: Type of Worm Species Name Transmission Method Control Strategy Hookworms Ancylostoma caninum Unicinaria sp. Dogs: Dogs pass the worm to their puppies during lacta�on. Eggs are passed in faeces, which contaminate the environment. Dogs: Deworm your dogs every 3 months. Deworm your pregnant dog before she gives birth to puppies. Humans: Worms migrate through the skin. Humans: Wear closed shoes outside. Roundworms Toxocara canis Strongyloides Dogs: Dogs pass the worm to their puppies during lacta�on. Eggs are passed in faeces, which contaminate the environment. Dogs: Deworm your dogs every 3 months. Deworm your pregnant dog before she gives birth to puppies. Humans: Eggs are accidentally ingested from unclean hands. Eggs can also be ingested from undercooked meat. Humans: Always wash your hands a�er handling dog faeces or working with soil. Cook all meat thoroughly before ea�ng. Tapeworms Dipylidium caninum Echinococcus sp. Taenia sp. Spirometra sp. Dogs: Worms are passed to dogs through bi�ng fleas. Worms are ingested through ea�ng organ meat from livestock. Eggs are also passed in the faeces, which contaminate the environment. Dogs: Always cook meat before feeding to your dog. Do not feed condemned meat to your dog. Keep your dog away from livestock and prevent your dog from roaming, where it may scavenge on raw meat. Deworm your dogs every 3 months and treat them for fleas. Humans: Eggs are accidentally ingested from the environment due to unclean hands. Worms can be also passed from fleas. Humans: Always wash your hands a�er handling dog faeces or working with soil. Always cook meat thoroughly before ea�ng. Protozoa Giardia Cryptosporidium Neospora Dogs: Eggs are passed in the faeces. Worms are ingested from contaminated water. Eggs are ingested from uncooked meat. Dogs: Cook meat thoroughly before feeding to your dog. Provide your dog with fresh, clean drinking water. Deworm your dogs every 3 months. Humans: Eggs are ingested from unclean food and water, or from unclean hands. Humans: Always wash your hands a�er handling dog faeces. Always cook meat thoroughly before ea�ng, and ensure to clean fruits and vegetables with a water from a reputable source. Follow the strategies advised to protect you and your dogs. This informa�on leaflet was authored by Camille Glazer, Nicholas Bor, Annabel Slater, Geoffrey Njenga, and Lian Thomas from the Interna�onal Livestock Research Ins�tute and the University of Liverpool in April 2022.