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....
Travel Animal Doctor: What are Zoonotic Endoparasites Anyway?

Travel Animal Doctor: What are Zoonotic Endoparasites Anyway?

What is a zoonotic endoparasite? -Travel Animal Doctor Endoparasites are simply parasites that infect your body internally. Some parasites in animals can be transferred to humans. This is called a zoonotic parasite. Not long ago, I wrote an article entitled, “Parasites: Can I Contract Fleas from my Dog or Cat?”, that gave a brief description of parasites and described some of the parasites you can find on your animal. This article is to follow up on that article, and give some examples of important zoonotic endoparasites. If you found this article interesting, you may also find “Zoonotic Ectoparasites” to be helpful to you and your pet. Do you like to take your pet to dog parks but you cringe at the dirt ground where you see all of the other pets defecating? Do you take your pet to your brother’s house on a regular basis to play with your niece and nephew? Traveling with pets is lots of fun, but it is always important to know how to keep your pet and you safe from diseases along the way. Listed below are four zoonotic endoparasites and one important disease you should be aware of when you travel. 1) Roundworms Roundworms are zoonotic endoparasites that are transmitted to the soil by contaminated feces of raccoons, cats, dogs and pigs. There are many different types of roundworms, and these zoonotic endoparasites are specific to different species. If there is oral transmission of the eggs in the contaminated feces, larvae will hatch in a person’s gut and migrate through the body and organs. This is called visceral larval migrans. Visceral larval migrans is...
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