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Shining sun, outdoor play and the risk of disease: These all increase as the weather warms. But you don’t need to stay cooped up inside to prevent zoonotic diseases, which spread between pets and people. Armed with the right knowledge, you’ll be able to keep every member of your family — furry or not — healthy and enjoying the fresh air this summer. Use this information to get a discussion going with your veterinarian, and maybe your family physician, if you suspect your pet has contracted any of these diseases.
Caused by mite species including Sarcoptes scabiei.
How it’s transmitted among dogs:Direct contact with mites on an infected animal
Signs and complications in dogs: Itching, hair loss, bleeding or oozing skin
How your veterinarian detects it: Performing a physical examination of your pet and taking skin scrapings (a diagnostic test)
Preventing the disease in pets and people:
For more information read the Vetstreet article: Canine Sarcoptic Mange: More Common Than You Think.
Hookworms are thick, short worms that are whitish to reddish brown with a hooked front end. They live in the gastrointestinal tract.
How it’s transmitted among dogs and cats: Through ingestion of larvae from contaminated environments, ingestion of infected prey and larval penetration of the skin. Puppies may also become infected during nursing.
Signs and complications in pets: Diarrhea, anemia, weight loss, and deterioration of the skin and coat condition; adult dogs and cats may not show signs
How your veterinarian detects it: Performing a fecal examination and observing worm eggs under the microscope
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