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2007-07-02
 

Are you getting parasites from your pets?

Dog licking

Pets can be a such good friends. It is so uplifting to be greeted by a dog wagging its tail or by a cat rubbing its body along your legs. Pets can be great companions, but it is necessary to take care of their health to make sure that you too stay healthy.

Infections that can be passed from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases, or zoonoses. Roundworms, hookworms, and Toxoplasma are parasitic infections that can be transmitted from your pets to you or other family members. The larval stages of hookworms, for example, can live in moist soil that has been contaminated by feces of infected animals. If your dog walks in one of these areas, it may become infected, and eventually, you too may become infected. Roundworms pose a more direct problem because their life cycle causes the larvae to be coughed from the lungs and then swallowed to reside in the intestines. Getting licked by a dog during this stage may transmit the parasites to you directly.

Owning a pet is a rewarding experience, but it also gives you the responsibility of disposing of their waste properly and of visiting a veterinarian regularly to make sure that your pets do not endanger your family's health.
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