parasites

Cuterebra

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Parasites

Has your dog or cat suddenly developed a nickel to quarter sized lump along the trunk (side)? Is your pet irritating the site further or excessively grooming the site? If the cyst contains a circular hole in it, you may be dealing with a parasite called Cuterebra or the warble worm.

Feline Trichomoniasis

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

If your cat has been suffering from chronic large bowel diarrhea and nothing seems to be working, don’t overlook trichomoniasis as a possible cause.  Feline trichomoniasis is an infection caused by the protozoal parasite Tritrichomonas foetus.  The infection is hard to diagnose and even harder to treat. 
 

Fleas

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Cows, Parasites

Fleas are small, wingless insects with mouth parts that are specifically adapted to piercing the skin and sucking blood. There are greater than 1,600 species of fleas present worldwide. Roughly 95% of flea species will live on mammals and about 50% will live on birds. Most flea infections in the US are due to Ctenocephalides felis which is more commonly known as the cat flea. C. felis affect more than 50 different mammalian and avian hosts throughout the world. In the U.S., the most common hosts are domestic and wild mammals including cats, dogs, cattle, and man.

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