Many parasites are zoonotic agents.
What is zoonosis?
Zoonosis is an infectious disease that can be transmitted from pets to people, and vice versa. Regular veterinary visits, preventative vaccinations and medications, and good hygiene can go a long way in helping to prevent disease!
Some of the common parasites that animals, especially kittens and puppies, get include hookworm infections, roundworm infections and tapeworm infections. For more information on common zoonosis, clinical symptoms, how they are transmitted and how to treat and prevent disease schedule an appointment to talk with your veterinarian.
Make sure your family is protected!
A dog or cat can get heartworm disease through a mosquito bite. If the mosquito is carrying the heartworm larvae (infective stage) when it bites a pet, the disease is likely to be transmitted to the pet. The larvae enter the bite wound and move through the pet’s body. The adult worms live in the heart, lungs, and nearby blood vessels, where they can grow up to 12 inches long.
Dogs, cats, and some other mammals can get heartworms only if bitten by an infected mosquito; the disease is not contagious from one animal to another. Heartworms in humans are very rare.
Most dogs and cats with heartworm infection do not show any symptoms until the disease becomes severe.
Symptoms may include
- difficulty breathing
- exercise intolerance
- reduced appetite and weight loss
- vomiting and gagging (usually only in cats)
- lung, liver, kidney, or heart failure, leading to death