Controlling Intestinal Parasites
According to research by the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC), the public's awareness about the dangers of parasites to their pet is low — and their knowledge of parasitic transfer from pet to human is even lower1.
Dangers of intestinal parasites
Parasites are dangerous to your dog's health
Intestinal parasites can be dangerous to your pets — both dogs and cats, as they can be passed from one to the other. Parasitic infection can cause the following:
- Weight loss (or, in puppies, failure to thrive)
- Blood loss
- Inflammation of large intestine
- Death (especially in puppies less than a year old)2
In addition, CAPC recommends pet owners administer year-round preventive medicines that control internal and external parasites. Trifexis® (spinosad + milbemycin oxime) for dogs protects against all three of these dangerous parasites — as well as fleas and heartworm.
Parasites can also raise human health concerns
A danger to your dog can also be a danger to you.
Intestinal parasites present a danger to your dog's health, and they can also be a danger to you. Some diseases, known as zoonotic diseases, can be transmitted from animals to humans. Anyone who comes in contact with fecal-contaminated soil is at risk. Anyone whose immune system is compromised can suffer severely from these opportunistic infections, including infants and the elderly.1
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) offers FAQs regarding the spread, treatment, and human symptoms of roundworm3, hookworm4, and whipworm5.
To minimize potential transmission to you or your dog, the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends:
- Picking up feces immediately whenever walking a dog in a public area; removing feces from the backyard environment at least weekly, preferably daily
- Keeping dogs and cats under control; do not allow roaming
- Practicing good personal hygiene when handling animal waste, particularly important for children and other individuals at increased risk.
More information about intestinal parasites can be found on the Companion Animal Parasite Council’s website at www.petsandparasites.org.