By Anon - 30/04/2014 02:07 - United States - Maidens
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No need to go to the doctor. I deal with dogs with hookworms every day at work. There is zero percent chance you can get hookworms from a dog licking you. You'd have to step in the feces barefoot or eat it. Either way, they are canine hookworms and aren't zoonotic, meaning people can't get them. In rare cases a human will get infected with a canine hookworm, but they just get trapped under the skin and itch.
#64, I mean yes, it is always good to go to the doctor, but at least OP can feel confident that there's an extremely good chance that he's not going to be having microscopic worms sucking his blood from the inside. I'm sure there are always exceptions to the rules, but honestly if I haven't gotten them yet, being exposed to dogs with hookworms several days a week at work for the last few years, no one will. Haha.
What a great dad you have there! Sorry OP, go to the doctor and hopefully you can get better.
Important to keep up to date with worming your pets, both for their health and your own. And he licks his butt so don't let him lick your face!
Dogs saliva contains very potent antibacterial properties. That's why it is a dog's instinct to lick a wound, because it will help heal the wound. I don't think a hookworm can be contracted that way anyways, they usually are dependent on a specific animal species.