Dog Parasites

 

It is fairly common for a dog or a cat to become infected with an internal or external parasite at some point in its lifetime. Parasites can affect your pet in a variety of ways, ranging from simple irritation to causing life-threatening conditions if left untreated. Some parasites can infect and transmit diseases to people

A parasite is an organism that lives on or in a host organism and gets its food from or at the expense of its host. 

In general there are two different groups or parasites: ectoparasites and endoparasites. 

Ectoparasites live on the host, affecting skin, fur, or ears. The most common ectoparasites of companion animals are fleas and ticks. 

Endoparasites live inside the host, affecting the gastrointestinal tract, liver, or other internal organs. The most common endoparasites of companion animals are worms

Parasite infestation is a constant threat for your dog. Depending on the parasite species, dogs may develop an anemia or allergic reactions and their well-being is generally impaired. Many parasites transmit bacterial or protozoal diseases or transmit other parasites (for example, fleas transmit tapeworms).

 

Parasites also effect you

 

Diseases transmitted from animals are called zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases can cause various symptoms such as diarrhea, muscle aches, and fever. Sometimes infected persons experience severe symptoms that can be life-threatening

Some parasite-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and plague can be transmitted from animals to humans In addition; some parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms can be acquired by humans either directly or by indirect contact with contaminated feces or ingestion of contaminated fleas.

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