Ancylostoma caninum, commonly Dog hookworm, is a parasitic nematode hookworm that infects dogs. The larval stage penetrates the skin and makes it way through the circulatory system into the digestive tract, where adult forms lay eggs that are passed through the feces. Common symptoms include anemia and diarrhea. Newborn pups can die of hemorrhaging from their intestines caused by massive numbers of feeding hookworms. A. braziliense and Uncinaria stenocephala are different species of hookworm which can infect dogs and cause similar symptoms. The parasite can also affect humans. It occasionally develops into an adult to cause eosinophilic enteritis in people, and their invasive larvae can cause an itchy rash called cutaneous larva migrans. Vaccination may soon be possible.
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