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Are the worms you are seeing long and thin like a strand of spaghetti or are they short and blunt like a piece of rice?
Are they in the stool itself or are they by the rectum itself?
Has Guadalupe been seen by a vet yet or dewormed by a vet?
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Yes, that sounds like roundworms which are quite common in puppies and they acquire them when nursing on the mom dog. The worms themselves are not contagious as it is the eggs that are. The eggs are not infectious right away so even if they happened to touch fresh stool, that is not a problem. What is the biggest concern are eggs that have laid around in the stool in the yard and have had a chance to develop and become contagious. Yard clean up is the best way to keep pets and children safe as well as having both dogs on a monthly intestinal parasite prevention like Heartgard or Sentinal.
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The eggs are in feces are not infective for about 30 days, so if picking up every few days, you should be safe. You need to make sure that the girls are washing their hands after playing outside as well. The main route of infection is picking up the eggs in the environment (dirt and grass) and then putting contaminated fingers in their mouth.