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ChristineLVT, Certified Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Licensed veterinary technician (B.S. Mercy College), 10 yrs in animal medicine and training
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WE JUST DID FIND OUT THAT THE PUPPY WE GOT FRIDAY NIGHT HAS

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WE JUST DID FIND OUT THAT THE PUPPY WE GOT FRIDAY NIGHT HAS ROUND WORMS. ARE THEY CONTAGIOUS TO OUR CATS AND TO US?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
Hello,

There's no need to really worry. All puppies are born with roundworms. They technically can be contagious, spread through fecal to oral route, so if you have kids in the household just have them wash their hands before eating anything, though transmission is quite rare to humans. With the cats, they are more likely to contact it if they go outdoors where the pup defecates and clean themselves afterwards. If starting deworming on your pup, there's likely no reason to think they may have contracted, but if holding off for a while (not recommended) then you can ask your vet at your pup's first appointment for a routine dewormer for the cats.

Just reply if I can help further.

Christine
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
THANK YOU. OF COURSE I KNEW THAT PUPPIES USUALLY HAVE WORMS BUT I HAD NEVER REALLY SEEN THEM UNTIL TODAY. LONG SPAGHETTI LOOKING THINGS AND I DIDN'T WANT MY CATS GETTING THEM TOO. TOMORROW WE'LL TAKE HIM TO THE VET.
Expert:  ChristineLVT replied 7 years ago.
Yes, those are roundworms. good job spotting them, and best wishes with your new pup!

Christine