Pet roundworms and hookworms: A continuing need for global worming
Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, University of Teramo, Teramo, Italy
Parasites & Vectors 2012, 5:91 doi:10.1186/1756-3305-5-91Published: 10 May 2012
Ascarids and ancylostomatids are the most important parasites affecting dogs and cats worldwide, in terms of diffusion and risk for animal and human health. Different misconceptions have led the general public and pet owners to minimize the importance of these intestinal worms. A low grade of interest is also registered among veterinary professions, although there is a significant merit in keeping our guard up against these parasites. This article reviews current knowledge of ascarids and ancylostomatids, with a special focus on pathogenicity, epidemiology and control methods in veterinary and human medicine.