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Canine and feline antiparasitics

Posted in Cats, Dogs, Parasites
Negotiating the world of antiparasitics for dogs and cats can be daunting. With the wide range of products, similarly named products with different ingredients and differently named products with the same ingredients, it’s hard to keep up. The Ontario Animal Health Network as put together some useful tables that outline antiparasitic products available in Canada… Continue Reading

Toddler risks losing eye to dog parasite…maybe

Posted in Dogs
A few UK news outlets published a story the other day about a toddler with a severe eye infection that was attributed to Toxocara canis, the canine roundworm. Some parts of it didn’t make a lot of sense so I held off commenting, but the story’s spreading more widely now so I might as well raise… Continue Reading

Ascaris lumbricoides and dogs

Posted in Dogs
Roundworms (ascarids) are common parasites of many animal species. In dogs and cats, Toxocara canis and Toxocara cati are the main problems. In people, it’s Ascaris lumbricoides, which is often called the "human roundworm." It’s a very common parasite that is thought to infect about 25% of the world’s population. Rates are highest in tropical, developing… Continue Reading

Deworming dogs… How often?

Posted in Parasites
Deworming has become a controversial subject. There are numerous opposing views, strong opinions and conflicts of interest that drive a lot of debate on the subject. There’s no argument that parasites can be bad for pets and some can pose a risk to people. There’s no argument that we want to reduce parasite burdens in… Continue Reading

Baylisascaris in Winnipeg

Posted in Parasites
There was another paper published in the August issue of the Canadian Veterinary Journal about Baylisascaris procyonis (roundworms) in raccoons, this time in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Sexsmith et al 2009). The study was actually undertaken after infection with B. procyonis larvae was identifed as the cause of death of several animals in the collection at the… Continue Reading

UK man campaigns to educate about Toxocara

Posted in Dogs, Parasites
A UK man is on a campaign to raise awareness about Toxocara, following an infection that blinded the child of a family friend. Mike Kennedy, chairman of the Grange Residents’ Association, is  raising awareness about the importance of picking up "dog dirt" (i.e. dog stool). Toxocara canis is an intestinal parasite that can be found… Continue Reading