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… [video] Trichuriasis in Dogs The whipworm ( Trichuris vulpis ) parasite is generally transmitted to dogs when they ingest infested matter, although whipworms can be contracted from other infected animals as well. Whipworm eggs can live in an environment anywhere from a few months to years, and can be present in soil, food, or water, as well as in feces or animal flesh. Additionally, whipworms can infect dogs of any age. If you would like to learn how this disease affects cats, please visit this page in the petMD health library. Symptoms and Types A whipworm infection may present itself as a large bowel inflammation or bloody diarrhea , or it may …

… when I see the results of a scientific study, I can’t help but think, "That’s interesting, but how relevant is it to my life?" That was not the case when I ran across "Prevalence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium species in dog park attending dogs compared to non-dog park attending dogs in one region of Colorado." The researchers are from Colorado State University (CSU), and there are two big dog parks within a couple of miles of campus, both of which my dog regularly attends; so I read this paper with an extra degree of … infestations, but they are ineffective against other types of parasites, including Giardia and Cryptosporidium. Fecal examinations are not foolproof either, which is why I typically recommend a combination of fecal testing and prophylactic deworming for dogs at significant risk of parasitism. Even more importantly, if your dog develops symptoms consistent with gastrointestinal parasitism, make sure that your veterinarian knows whether or not your dog attends a dog park or comes in …

… after all). However, this shotgun approach is second best to diagnosing and treating the particular type of parasite that is making its home in your dog or cat. Dr. Jennifer Coates Image: Thinkstock Related Content: Intestinal Worms in Dogs (and Cats) 101 Tapeworm in Cats Tapeworm in Dogs

… can be transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases come in the form of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, and unconventional pathogens like prions.  There are over 250 zoonotic organisms, with only about 40 being transmitted from dogs and cats. The rest of the zoonotic organisms are transmitted from birds, reptiles, farm animals, wildlife, and other animals.  The good news is that a majority of zoonotic diseases can be prevented by following basic hygiene guidelines, as … cats from eliminating in the sand, thereby reducing the risk of serious conditions caused by roundworms and other parasites. 6. Use monthly heartworm preventive religiously.  Many brands of heartworm preventive also contain dewormers. Dogs and cats are often times re-infected with intestinal parasites, several of which can be removed on a monthly basis by staying up to date on heartworm preventive. 7. Don’t eat or feed raw or undercooked meat.  Cooking meat to the appropriate …

… fester for a few days, parasite eggs and larvae become infectious. “These worm and protozoal infections can be quite serious and even lead to death,” he warns. In fact, everything from hookworms to whipworms , roundworms and giardiasis in dogs may be hiding out in a dog’s droppings. These types of organisms, according to Dr. Brown, can affect other pets in your home and may even be able to be transmitted to the humans in the house as well. And Jacob D’Aniello, CEO of DoodyCalls , … pet can easily become reexposed to an infection or worms, such as hookworms. Can Dog Poop Be Used as Fertilizer? Despite popular belief, experts note that not all stools are created equal. “Dog stool does not typically make good fertilizer, as dogs tend to eat a higher-protein diet,” says Dr. Brown. This tends to make dog poop more acidic. But cow manure, according to the expert, does make a good fertilizer “due to the animals’ vegetarian diets.” And although all feces can technically … every six months. “Then if a parasite shows up, it can be treated, eliminating the chance of any of your family members coming down with parasites or other infection,” he says. There are heartworm preventatives on the market which also deworm dogs when they are given once a month, such as Interceptor Plus for hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and roundworms. By: Nicole Pajer Featured Image: iStock.com/nortonrsx …