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  • Can humans catch worms from dogs?
  • Certain worms are capable of being transmitted from animals to humans; such worms are said to have a ‘zoonotic potential’. The dog roundworm, Toxocara canis, is one such parasite and human infection may occur if a person swallows the microscopic worm eggs, having picked them up from contaminated soil. However, don't confuse this with the worm that many children get whilst of primary school age, which causes intensely itchy bottoms. This is a parasite called a Pin Worm or Threadworm (Enterobius vermicularis). It is transmitted between people, and has nothing whatever to do with pets.

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