jamobi wrote:Bluesky, you seem to know a lot about worms.
My red nose will play with his ball in all kinds of dirt and leaves and such. After about 3 minutes the ball is covered in dirt but he still will not leave it alone. Can he get worms from the dirt on his ball? He'll swallow a lot of the dirt from contact with the ball. He's in perfect health and i don't see anything unusual in his stool. He's currently on heartguard plus, so should i not worry about his dirty tennis ball playing habits?
If your dog is an adult and in good health your dog will not become ill
from infestation by worms [as long as you do not have exotic animals or wildlife defecating in your backyard
] but your dog can have one or 2 worms hanging out in the intestines without showing any signs or even showing up in a fecal lab test.
So, YES your dog CAN get worms from the dirt because the eggs can remain infective in the dirt for upto 2 years. Even though the one or 2 worms may not hurt your dog it can release eggs [if there is at least one boy worm and one girl worm in your dog's intestines] and therefore can be dangerous to children who can have major health problems from ingesting worm eggs in contrast to adults who rarely have any problems from ingesting canine roundworm eggs .
So even the CDC has recommended that dogs owners worm their adult dogs at least once per year for the sake of human health.
Many heartworm preventative medications contain an added drug that kills roundworms. That way your dog will be dewormed once per month if you give him "Heartgaurd Plus".
However if your dog has fleas he/she can get tapeworms at anytime.