Hookworms are like any other intestinal parasite from the roundworm group. The amount of worms in an animal’s system usually determines the symptoms of the infection. Those symptoms can include issues like rashes, abdominal distress, and diarrhea. Infection spreads through either contaminated dung or food sources. So it is important to main proper environment hygiene as it is the most effective approve to preventing hookworms. A single case is definitely cause for alarm as the entire group of animals need to be treated and cleared. After that the habitat they live in will also need to be sterilized so that re-infection does not happen again.