The phrase “My pet has worms” is a common cause of calls to the veterinary clinic. Whipworms, hookworms, roundworms or tapeworms… no matter which worm, just the idea of something living inside our pets can cause concern among pet parents. The fact that many of these parasites can be transmitted to human family members makes today’s information all the more important.
Ray Kaplan, DVM, PhD, DipEVPC, DiplACVM is our guest today to talk about some of the most common zoonotic parasites. With nearly three decades of experience in the field of parasitology, Dr. Kaplan brings a wealth of knowledge and research to our discussion. His passion and interest related to drug resistant parasites will reinforce to listeners the importance of rechecking fecal samples after treatment.
Here are links to information we talked about today:
“Zoonotic Parasites” is a great basic primer on the topic from TexVetsPets.org
“Zoonotic parasitic infections contracted from dogs and cats: How frequent are they?” is a much more research-focused article from DVM360
“What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Roundworms & Hookworms” from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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