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Parasitism is a major threat to the health and comfort of your pet... and sometimes to your human family members as well.

A big part of our jobs as companion animal veterinarians is to control and manage this problem.  And to act as teacher, guides, and honest advisors to pet owners in our team effort of taking care of your pets.

This page is a simple directory to our other pages where we discuss the different types of parasites and the products we use to keep them at bay.

It make sense to divide the different parasite threats by category... both because it's easier to understand how and why similar parasites are a danger to your pet... but also because the preventive and treatment measures we use are often similar in each category.

So, without further ado, here's our directory of the major parasites affecting pets and how you and your vet can minimize and control the threat.

External Parasites:

Ear Mites
Mange Mites
Ringworm (actually a fungus)

Internal Parasites:


Intestinal Parasites
Round Worms
Hook Worms
Whip Worms
Tape Worms

Related Subjects:

Diseases people get from pets canine and feline intestinal parasites

Human diseases people get from ticks, fleas, lice, and mosquitos

Diseases that pets get from ticks ... (coming soon)
Lymes disease

Larvae from round worms and hook worms from dogs and cats can bore through the skin of humans causing diseases like in the picture above.  They are especially dangerous to children as they cause blindness and neural disease

Sarcoptes mange is extremely itchy and contagious.  This type of mange is different from demodex mange and the two different types of mange are treated differently.  This has led to confusion
The case below is of a dog with demodex mange
Most flea control products fail unless they truely break the life cycle in the early stages.  Every surviving adult flea can lay up to 100 eggs a day.  I forget how compound interest works, exactly, but it means you can have millions of fleas in just a few weeks if you allow even a single flea to enter your home.  Effective flea control products that really work are expensive.
Most Heartworm control is critical in most of the world including the United States.  Cats are at risk too.
Intestinal worms being surgically removed
2014 Distribution map of Ehrlichia which is a blood parasite spread by ticks and very similar To Lymes disease and a threat to pets and humans.  70% of coyotes that have been trapped and tested were carriers of this disease ... a real concern as the coyote population is exploding.
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