zoonotic parasites that can potentially be transmitted to people. Precautions for preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases are necessary and often are deemed more significant when there are young children in the household. Parasitic larvae can migrate within the human body damaging tissues and possibly result in blindness. Many of the common internal parasites of dogs and cats are transmissible to people. Children are at the greatest risk for acquiring a zoonotic parasite. This certainly is influenced by their penchant for putting anything and everything into their mouths, playing in the dirt, and lack of concern about washing their hands.
What are Intestinal Parasites and Where Does My Pet Get Them?
What are Some Symptoms of Intestinal Parasites?
Not all intestinal parasites/worms are visible in your pets stool. Depending on the worm load of your pet there may be no recognizable signs of infection. Overwhelming number of worms living in the intestinal tract could cause vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, pot-bellied appearance, coughing, weight loss, and even death. The best way to determine if your pet has internal parasites is to have a fecal exam performed yearly on your pet.
How Do I Protect My Family?
- Regular veterinary examinations and fecal testing for your pet
- Always wash hands after handling pet or pet toys
- Avoid contact with pet urine or feces
- Never eat anything your pet may have licked or had in their mouth
- Wear gloves when gardening or playing in dirt or sandboxes
Monthly deworming and heartworm preventatives are available and have been proven to be almost 100% effective if administered properly. At a minimum yearly fecal examinations can screen pets and allow for the development of a tailored deworming program.
Why Is A Fecal Exam Recommended? Why Not Just Deworm My Pet?