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Intestinal Parasites

The great outdoors can be a dangerous place, especially for your pet. In the U.S., more than 1 of every 3 adult dogs are positive for roundworms, hookworms or whipworms and over 90% of all puppies and kittens are infected with these same worms. Tapeworm infection is also prevalent and can be contracted from fleas.

Coccidia and Giardia form cysts in the intestinal wall, often causing persistent diarrhea. These are usually picked up from the environment, or by hunting small rodents and other small animals.

Toxoplasma gondii is an intestinal parasite specific to cats. Cats usually contract the organism after eating an infected rodent. This organism can also infect people but the most common means of transmission to humans is raw or undercooked meat. Generally when cats pass this organism in their feces it does not become infectious for a few days, so it is very important to keep the litter box cleaned daily.

Parasite eggs are shed by the thousands into the environment and a single, untreated puppy can deposit millions of eggs into your yard in less than a week. Exposure to contaminated areas can lead to infection. After attachment to the lining of the intestine, the worms will feed on blood and other nutrients. This results in blood loss, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss and even death if severe.

People and especially children can become infected by contact with many of these same parasites. This has been an increasing concern. Veterinarians, physicians and scientists have worked together to develop recommendations to protect your pets and other family members.

Ask us at Village Veterinary Practice about the best program to protect your family.


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