Travel Animal Doctor: What in the World are Zoonotic Ectoparasites?

Travel Animal Doctor: What in the World are Zoonotic Ectoparasites?

What are zoonotic ectoparasites, and why should I be aware of them? -Travel Animal Doctor What is a zoonotic disease? In Layman’s terms, zoonotic diseases are known as diseases that can be spread from a specific species to humans. Ectoparasites are simply parasites that infect your body externally. My first article of this series is entitled, “Parasites: Can I Contract Fleas from my Dog or Cat?”, which gave a brief description of parasites and described some of the parasites you can find on your animal that are not zoonotic. The second article I wrote, found here, gave examples of important internal zoonotic parasites. This article will focus on external zoonotic parasites, commonly called zoonotic ectoparasites. Quick Question Do you take your dog walks in fields by a pond? Do you hike with your pet in the woods? It is always an adventure traveling and exercising with pets. But keeping your pet protected from disease while exercising and traveling is extremely important. This quick list contains three parasites to be aware of that can carry zoonotic diseases, and tips to prevent them. 1) Fleas Fleas are zoonotic ectoparasites that come from prairie dogs and cats, and can cause the plague. Cats are often transmitted the plague by fleas. When active infection is present cats can spread the plague to humans by a scratch or bite. The key to prevention of the plague is to provide flea preventatives for your feline friend. This simple solution can protect your entire family from a serious disease. 2) Mites There are a number of mites that infect pets that are another type of zoonotic endoparasite....
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