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  • What are the dangers to human health of pet worms?
  • Cat and dog worms are termed "zoonoses", which means that they are transmissible to people. The most common source of infection is from contaminated soil or sand play pits. Cleaning up after cats and dogs is vital to prevent transmission of parasites to other animals and to children. When worm eggs are passed in a pet's faeces, they are initially non-infective. They need about 2 weeks in the environment to develop to the infective stage. This means that it is not dangerous for an owner to "scoop the poop", but it is very anti-social not to. Once in a human body, the eggs hatch out and the larvae undertake a journey around the body. They can end up in the eye, causing sight impairment and sometimes blindness, in the lungs, causing asthma, and in the brain, where it is thought they may be one of the causes of poor concentration and other symptoms. Worming our pets is so easy and so inexpensive, and a proactive way to prevent all of these things from happening to our own and our neighbours' children.

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