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Veterinary Parasites

Information on fleas, ticks, mange (mites), worms, giardia, coccidia and other intestinal parasites of veterinary interest. See also: the Cat and Dog Diseases and Condition sections for more parasite information.

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne disease that can infect both...
Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a tick-borne disease that can infect both dogs and people. Learn more about how the disease is spread and what you can do to protect yourself, your family and your dog from Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Diatomaceous Earth (DE) for Flea Control
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) is a fine flour-like powder, the microscopic remains of fossilized diatoms, a type of algae. Diatom cell walls are made of silica, a component of glass. DE has been used for years as an insecticide to control mites, fleas and other insects; find out how it works here.

Heartworm Incidence Prevention and Treatment
Interview with Dr. Graham, president of the American Heartworm Society.

Protect Your Family and Your Pets from Ticks and Tick-Borne Zoonoses
Ticks can pass a number of diseases to animals and people. Learn how to protect your family and your dogs and cats from tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, ehrlichiosis, anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

Giardia in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Giardiasis is an infection of the intestinal tract with the organism known as Giardia. It is a parasite of pets and people. Learn more about Giardia and giardiasis.

Tapeworms in Dogs, Cats, People and Other Animals
Tapeworms are intestinal parasites that can infect dogs, cats, people and many other animals. Keep your pets and family safe by learning about the tapeworm life ycle and preventing infection.

Hookworms in Dogs, Cats and People
Hookworms are zoonotic parasites - worms that infect cats and dogs as well as people. Find out how to avoid hookworm infections.

Why does my pet have fleas when flea control products are regularly applied?
This FAQ is from a recent forum question. The viewer is frustrated because while she is using flea products regularly on her pet, she is still finding fleas. Why? Read this FAQ to find out more about the flea life cycle and various methods of flea control.

Tick Twister - Easy Tool for Safely Removing Ticks
The 'best way' to remove ticks is with as minimal as possible handling of the tick. A lit match is definitely not the best way, and can induce more damage. The Tick Twister provides an easy way to remove ticks that is low cost, safe, and utilizing a technique to reduce the spread of infectious agents via ticks.

Giardia: A Zoonotic Disease of Pets and People
Giardia is a one-celled protozoan parasite that lives in the intestinal tract of many animals. When this parasite produces a diarrheal diease in animals, it is called Giardiasis. Learn about this parasite, how it is transmitted, signs of disease, and how it is diagnosed and treated in this FAQ.

Heartworm disease and treatment - share your experiences with dog and cat...
Heartworm disease is caused by a worm that lives mainly in the blood vessels of the lung and in the heart. Heartworm disease is transmitted by mosquitoes and has been seen in several species. Dogs are very susceptible and cats are at risk, too. Heartworm can be difficult to treat and sometimes fatal, but fortunately Heartworm disease is easy to...

Parasites: Worms, mites, fleas and ticks that affect dogs and cats
Parasites come in a variety of forms - worms that live in the heart, intestine or other places, mites on the skin or in the ears, fleas, ticks and more. Learn about the parasites that commonly affect dogs, cats and sometimes ... humans, too.

Heartworm
Detailed overview of the transmission, signs, treatment, and prevention of this parasitic disease.

Canine Parasites
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites are those commonly found on dogs and other species, sometimes affecting humans (called a zoonotic disease).

Heartworm Disease in Dogs and Cats
Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite that lives mainly in the blood vessels of the lung and in the heart. Heartworm disease has been seen in several species, but dogs are very susceptible. Cats can be severely affected even by only a single heartworm. Heartworm disease may be fatal and difficult to treat, but fortunately heartworm disease...

Safe Mosquito and Fly Repellent for Dogs and Cats
Bugs bug dogs and cats just like they do people. Furry haircoats help some, but flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying, biting insects can and do bite pets; sometimes spreading disease (heartworm, pink eye) and causing rashes. Learn how to safely use insect repellents for pets and how to reduce your pet's exposure to irritating and...

Feline Parasites
Parasites come in many sizes, shapes and levels of "severity" for our pets. This collection of parasites are those commonly found on cats and other species, sometimes affecting humans (called a zoonotic disease).

Roundworms in Cats
About Roundworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Roundworms in Dogs
About Roundworms in dogs, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

All About Fleas
Get rid of fleas: life cycle information and how to break the cycle to remove fleas on your pet and in your home.

Can my pet catch head lice from my kids (and vice versa)?
Dealing with head lice is something most school officials and some parents have first hand knowledge of. Is the family dog at risk if the kids have lice? Is the cat the culprit? A lice parasite infection is termed pediculosis, no matter what species of animal is affected by lice. Read this FAQ to find out more about lice; a class of...

How to Remove a Tick From Your Pet Or Yourself
There are many ideas about the "best" way to remove a tick, one of the most common tricks being making the tick "angry" enough to back out on its own. The truth is, this can actually make things worse; injecting more possible foreign material into the host (your pet or you) from the tick. Early removal of the tick is very important. Find out how...

Tick Tips - What to do with that tick that you just removed from your pet
Ticks are notorious vectors for a variety of potentially very serious diseases; the most common one being Lyme disease. Learn what to do with that tick once it is safely removed from your pet or from you.

What are heartworms, and can I catch them from my dog?
Most pet owners have heard of heartworms. But what do heartworms look like and how are they transmitted from animal to animal? Learn the answers to these questions and more in this FAQ.

Why do you deworm only once for tapeworms and twice for other worms?
A friend of mine purchased some tapeworm medicine to deworm her cat. She noted that only one dose was needed, unlike the dewormer medication used for other types of worms (roundworms, hookworms, etc.). Was the tapeworm medicine a different dose? Why is only one dose needed? Learn more about tapeworm treatment in this FAQ.

Tapeworms: What wormer is best?
Tapeworms are a very common parasite of dogs and cats. Transmitted by fleas, this parasite is also transmissible to humans. Treatment for tapeworm infection in pets is easy if the correct drug is used.

What Is A Cuterebra Parasite?
A Cuterebra parasite is an opportunistic parasite found under the skin of small mammals. This parasite is the larval stage of the Cuterebra fly, who uses animal hosts to complete its life cycle. Learn more about this parasite most commonly seen in summer and fall in this FAQ.

What are the best methods to control fleas on my pet and in my house?
Fleas have a complex, 4 stage life cycle. Control of fleas on your pet and in your home must address all stages of this life cycle to stop the problem of flea infestation. This article will cover several different methods that are effective at controlling fleas when used properly.

Flea and Tick Facts, Plus Parasite Control Product Overview
Overview from your Guide on pest control, safety measures and tips on fighting fleas and ticks. This is followed by a press release from Farnam Pet Products announcing a new look for their line of parasite products.

Farnam Pet Products Offers D-Worm™ Product For Tapeworm Management - tapeworm treatment now available without a prescription
Farnam Pet Products has introduced a new, over-the-counter product to its existing, effective D-Worm™ line to combat tapeworm infection in pets. D-Worm Tapeworm contains praziquantel, which kills both flea and rabbit-transmitted tapeworms in a single dose within 24-hours, compared to other treatments that take three days to kill only rabbit-transmitted tapeworms.

Selecting Effective Flea And Tick Control
Farnam Pet Products helps you select the best product to fight fleas, ticks, and other pet parasites -- on your pet and in your home.

The Viewer Viewpoint - Fleas and Ticks
A veterinary medicine viewer from Puerto Rico shares what works for her six dogs to keep fleas and ticks away.

Protection For Horses From Mosquitoes
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that horse owners implement safeguards to prevent animals’ exposure to mosquitoes--because the insects are known to spread the potentially fatal West Nile Virus (WNV).

Fleas and Ticks - Tips and Facts
Statistically, fleas and ticks are bound to infest your favorite feline or best friend. Protect yourself and your pet with flea and tick, and mosquito products available over-the-counter.

When Fleas And Ticks Invade, Help Is Near
Bio Spot® Flea & Tick Mists for Dogs and Cats are spot-on flea products containing Nylar®, an insect growth regulator. The Nylar prevents any flea eggs from developing into biting, breeding adults for as long as three months.

West Nile Virus Still Poses Threat: Be Prepared To Protect Pets
Steps pet owners can take to help protect their dogs and cats from West Nile and other diseases carried by mosquitoes, including heartworm. Mosquitoes can also cause skin irritation and allergic reactions in some dogs.

Fleas - Be Free of Fleas!
From your Guide. A discussion of the flea lifecycle, and why it is important to understand for total flea control. Part I of a series.

Heartworm - Dogs and Cats
Links to more information on heartworm disease in dogs and cats.

Heartworm Disease In Cats
Links to more information on this parasitic disease, with specific information relating to felines.

Tick Removal
How to safely remove a tick from you or your pet.

Tick Removal
Forget the hot match technique. Find out how to safely remove a tick. From your Veterinary Medicine Guide.

What is the life and life cycle of the flea, & why is flea control so difficult?
Fleas. They make pets' lives miserable, and humans begin to itch just at the thought of them. Vets are often asked what pill, drop, dip, collar, or shampoo works the best to get rid of these persistent parasites. The answer is that there is no single method or insecticide that will completely eradicate (or at least control) a flea problem. The flea life cycle is fairly complex, and understanding the various stages will make it easier to get rid of them.

Hookworms in Cats
About Hookworms in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Demodectic Mange (Demodex)
Excellent overview of Demodectic mange- localized, generalized, and pododermatits (foot) conditions, complete with an animated mite graphic.

Lyme Disease in Cats
About Lyme Disease in cats, including risk factors, signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas
Common questions about Ear Infections, Ear Mites and Aural Hematomas in dogs and cats.

What is ringworm, and how do pets get it?
Ringworm derives its name from the classic red, round "worm like" lesion seen on human skin that is infected. It is not a worm though; it is a fungus that is spread from animals to humans. Read this FAQ to find out more about this zoonotic disease.

Follow up to: ProMeris - Adverse Reactions Part II
An email about adverse ProMeris reactions reported by an owner of 7 dogs spread like wildfire on the Internet in April of 2008. Fort Dodge, the manufacturer of ProMeris, did ultimately issue a response, confirming that they did receive an adverse event report. At this writing they are evaluating the situation. Viewer comments suggest that this...

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