Parasites are also a common issue in pets. Most of the time, your pet will show signs such as diarrhea, weight loss, anemia, lack of appetite, vomiting, etc. However, occasionally these symptoms will not be apparent or will go unnoticed.
Because of this, we recommend yearly fecal testing (in house). Most of our heartworm preventatives also include intestinal parasite prevention, but not all parasites are covered.
One example is tapeworms. Tapeworms are caused by ingestion of fleas, leading us back to the importance of a year round adulticide flea preventative. Even still, your pet can be susceptible of tapeworms from ingesting other creatures such as mice that also have fleas.
Intestinal parasites can also be transmitted to humans. These worms are considered zoonotic and can be transmitted from pet to human: Roundworms, Hookworms, Tapeworms, Giardia, Toxoplasma, Trichenella.
Here are some ways that intestinal parasites can be transmitted to humans:
•    Some intestinal parasites can be passed to people through ingestion of feces from infected animals or ingestion of contaminated soil or water. Examples include roundworms, hookworms, Giardia and Toxoplasma.
•    Some can be passed when the larvae of the parasite contact uncovered skin. Hookworms can be transmitted this way.
•    Other intestinal parasites are transmitted by eating uncooked or uncooked meat that is infected. Certain types of tapeworms as well as Trichenella can be passed in this fashion.
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