THIS PAGE PROVIDES BASIC INFORMATION REGARDING EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL PARASITES
INTERNAL PARASITES (worms and protozoa) – may cause diarrhea, weight loss, anemia.
Worms: roundworms, tapeworms, hookworms and whipworms.
Protozoa: giardia, coccidia, toxoplasma.
NOTICE: some of internal parasites can be dangerous even for people.
How to prevent: stool sample (ova, parasites); deworming.
When make fecal exam: if the animal traveled outside GTA, played with wildlife, visited animal shelter, had fleas, had any worms in stool or near anus, had history of internal parasites.
EXTERNAL PARASITES (fleas, ticks, mites, lice, flies, mosquitoes, maggots)
Fleas may cause allergies, transfer tapeworms.
Ticks transfer diseases like: Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, cause tick paralyzes in the dog.
Mites cause skin problems: mange – demodecosis, scabiosis, notoedrosis (cats), ear problems (otodectosis)
Mosquitoes transfer h/w parasites, can cause allergy dermatitis.
Flies cause skin problem through the larval stage developments.
NOTICE: if you leave parasites uncontrolled they can infest your house and you.
There are lots of pests control products for animals: sprays, dipps, powders, dusts and oral medication. Before using flea and tick control products read instruction carefully. Follow directions exactly, use latex gloves if possible. For cats use only products labeled “for cats”. Store products away from the food and children
For more information please visit Companion Animal Parasite Council