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Dear Daisy Dog

Our veterinarian diagnosed our new puppy with roundworms and mentioned that they can infect children. We’re giving the puppy the medication prescribed by our veterinarian and starting her on a monthly dewormer to prevent future infections.

What else can we do to protect our children?

Daisy Responds

Your veterinarian may have prevented serious disease in your children. When the microscopic roundworm eggs are inadvertently ingested by humans, they can cause organ damage, blindness and seizures.

You can prevent this by cleaning up your yard – and your puppy.

Outdoors, roundworm eggs can survive for years, so it’s important to scoop your puppy’s poop immediately.

Roundworm eggs also can reside on your puppy’s hair, so bathe her to remove those eggs.

In a recent study of 100 stray puppies and adult dogs, veterinarians found that 67 had roundworm eggs on their hair.

Ninety-five percent of the eggs came from puppies.

Moreover, the concentration of eggs on the pups’ hair was far higher than the density of eggs in the soil or the general environment.

For further protection, remind your children to wash their hands after petting the puppy and before eating.

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