Hello, my name isXXXXX am a licensed veterinarian and I will try and help you as best as I can.
All dogs are born with roundworms (they pass via the milk and placenta), which is why regular deworming and then monthly heartworm prevention are essential
These are zoonotic, which means people can get these too (typically very young children as it is via the fecal-oral route)
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It is very uncommon for children to get these worms unless they are very young or practicing bad hygiene
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My question is more about the contaminated soil and grass.
That is a difficult question to answer. As long as the dog is on monthly medication, she will be fine. The eggs will die when there is a frost (which is a while from now)
due to the kids being there, it would be best to keep them away from those areas or make sure you clean up right away after she goes
the only real way to get rid of all of them is to do what you said and remove the top layer of soil
As long as everyone is washing their hands, there is very little risk of a human getting these worms
I live in Sunny Southern California. No Frost! I have hosed so much poop into the ground the soil must be so contaminated.
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I am still here
The soil will almost always be contaminated no matter what due to wildlife in the area (coyotes, feral cats, etc)
Unless it is completely walled/fenced off
even that is not a guarantee
The best way for you to deal with this is quick care of fresh feces and making sure everyone washes their hands after playing with the dog or toys, or before eating
If you keep Dakota on monthly prevention, you wont have to worry about reinfection
So me hosing the poop into this small area of grass is going to re-infect her much quicker? The entire house is walled off .
If she is on monthly prevention, it will take care of the reinfection, so it will never get back to diarrhea
Does that mean the worms are gone? Or could she still have a problem with no diarrhea?
She will get exposed to them whenever she is outside or on a walk, however they should not ever become a problem again if she is on the meds year round
If humans are on walking on the grass can we track the eggs into the house?
There is a low possibility that you could potentially bring eggs into the house
These eggs are not any danger to a healthy adult
Do you know of anything that can be used to kill them in the house. Something to disinfect?
The eggs need to sit for about a month to hatch, which they could then potentially be a problem to a very young child. Bleach will take care of the eggs
when they hatch are they a larva?
What do you use in the case of carpet? Do you know?
You can vacuum and use a carpet cleaner, that should get rid of most of the eggs
will they actually hatch in the carpet?
It is pretty unlikely they will hatch in the carpet
I'm a clean nut, so that would put me over the edge! Thanks for your help!
You're very welcome. Have a great day!