Roundworm, hookworm, whipworm and tapeworm parasites are some of the most common intestinal parasites of dogs and cats. Not only are these important causes of disease in pets, but they also can cause disease in people – particularly children.
The roundworm (Toxascaris or Toxocara) is acquired either through the placenta or from the mother’s milk in puppies and kittens. It can also be transmitted through contaminated soil or by eating an intermediate host (mice/rats). Hookworms (Ancylostoma or Uncinaria) can be transmitted through the mother’s milk, but also though skin contact or ingestion of contaminated soil. Whipworms (Trichuris vulpis) infections are obtained through contaminated soil. The tapeworm (Dipylidium, Taenia or Echinococcus) is acquired through the ingestion of an intermediate host such as a flea or mouse.
A fecal examination performed in the hospital is the diagnostic method for checking for these parasite eggs in your pet’s feces.
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