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My name is ***** ***** and i just got a 2 month old puppy

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my name is ***** ***** and i just got a 2 month old puppy from a guy today who never had shots or anything yet. she just went to poop outside and i noticed something white in her poop so i looked closer and i seen thin white worm looking things moving around in her poop.
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Customer: i have a 3 year old son whose been playing with her all day and so have i, shes been licking us around our mouth and things. when i googled worms in pups it mentioned that worms can be transmitted to humans.. so now im worried about mine and my 3 year olds safety and i dont know what to do
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.


I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

The transmission of worms from puppy / dogs to humans is possible. You need to consult a Vet first to confirm by stool exam of puppy and also if it is a transmittable worm to humans. If it is; puppy and all of you in the family would be give medicine to deworm. Usually this is a single tablet which is repeated after 1-2 weeks. This will take care of the issue. There is no emergency associated with it and can be done in a routine appointment from your primary care physician and the Vet.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I already gave the puppy back to whom i got him from. So i dont know what type of worms it has. Im just concerned for me and my son. My son was kissing the puppy and also took a bath after we bathe the pup in the bath tub. What can i do now? Just wait to see if either one of us shows symptoms and go to the dr then or what? How long do the symptoms take to show in a human and what are the symptoms? Exactly how can we get the worms?? They looked like little white long worms... Idk it was the first time anything like this has ever happened to us.
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.


Your worry is unfounded as a matter of fact. The transmission is most common if you come in contact with poo of puppy. There is a chance that none of you in the family may have contacted the stool of puppy. Bathing is unlikely to transmit the worms. The usual symptoms of worms are diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weakness. These usually develop in 2-4 weeks. A wait and watch approach can be done if the puppy stool is not examined. If the stool is examined, that would dictate your need of anti wormi medications.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We never came into any type of contact with the poo of the puppy. But when the puppy was laying down on the floor and moved i seen a white worm on the floor. I hurried up and cleaned the spot good and washed my hands. Thats when i took the pup back to the owner and explained the situation.. I just dont want my son to catch anything. Ugh!
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

I can understand your concern.

1) Chance of transmission is extremely low with your description.

2) Let us assume, there was transmission (the worst circumstance); this is an easily treatable medical issue.

Thus do not please feel too bad about it and get overtly anxious.

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Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

Please do not loose sleep over it.

Thee is nothing serious or significant here.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Can it kill humans and kids? Dont want it to do no damage or harm to me or my son if we were to have gotten it
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

No. It does not kill adults or kids.

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 1 year ago.

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