Questions tagged [parasites]

Questions involving pests, vermin and other organisms that feed and live on/in pets and whose presence causes harmful effects. Please include relevant species tag of your pet, such as "cats", and any useful details about the parasitic infection being in the concern - description of symptoms (weight loss, prolonged fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) and the medical record of events relevant to the parasitic infection.

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Cats are avoiding the carpet

I am currently struggling with an infestation of fleas in my apartment, and my two (completely indoor) cats are on treatment to get rid of the bugs on them. I have utilized several methods of ridding ...
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Are there any natural anti-lice for cats?

I use Advantage drops from BAYER on my outdoor cat and it is effective for about a month. However I feel bad each time that I apply it, because the cat becomes drowsy for a day or two and I fear that ...
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Cat presented multiple symptoms over the past 2 days

This is not a cat I have direct contact with, it's a cat taken care of by a friend who lives in another country. The cat is a stray they picked up, he's about 1yr old from what she's been told (she's ...
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Is it worth testing for heartworm if crate rest is impossible?

My mother has a (I am going to say 7 year old) large male dog that last year was unable to naturally control flea infestations. This leads me to believe that it very probably was unable to control ...
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A safe treatment for ticks on a pregnant horse

I have a horse - she is two months pregnant. We have a lot of ticks in the paddocks and I'm forever pulling ticks off her. I'm reluctant to use any products on her without knowing if it's safe for the ...
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How do you know if your horse/s have mange? How do you treat it?

My horses have been getting itchy legs, some are missing hair on their faces and chests. This is not improving with the usual treatments of insect repellants, for flies. There's a lot of ticks on ...
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What kind of cat parasite is this worm?

We have outdoors cats that eat a whole lot of mice, voles and shrews (and other animals) and with some regularity end up with white worm-like parasites of about 1cm length leaving their intestines and ...
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Dirty cat ears, is it mites?

I have a kitten. When I got him, he had a lot of black wax in his ears, it looked like mites. We went to vet, and he just cleaned his ears with cotton soaked in something and said that it wasn't mites,...
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First time owner dealing with parasites in stool

I am a first time owner of a puppy. I have recently taken him to the vet and today the vet called telling me he has a parasite in his poo. The vet told me that he is going to give him a powder. I was ...
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How to treat and manage neck thread worms?

I have a horse who has suffered a lot during the warm seasons. It was made worse when we moved north (we're in the Southern hemisphere - so north is warmer) and there were more biting insects. I was ...
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How to treat Queensland itch?

My horse has Queensland itch. I'm looking for a range of options to treat it. I'm concerned about the use of poisonous chemicals.
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My dog is involved in scabies disease

My dog is always scabing on its skin. Little lice type insects are present on its hair . I use some insecticides but it can not effective will you tell me some other suggestion?
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Is it safe for my puppy to sleep in my bed?

He is 14 weeks old and was diagnosed with tapeworms four days ago. The doctor prescribed 1/2 tablet for a one time consumption. He is doing well and full of energy. I have been checking his bowels and ...
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what precautions should i do to protect my dog from little worms and ticks?

I have a long-haired dog who always picks up little worms in his fur (difficult to pull them off), what should I do to overcome my problem?
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Giardia infection, how long until safe beyond incubation

I picked up two wonderful Norwegian Forest Cats from the breeder two days ago. Two weeks ago they were sick with a Giardia infection, as confirmed by the breeder's vet's lab checks. The last symptoms ...
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Kitten is too thin - what can I do?

I've got two kittens, a generic black kitten and a white Siamese kitten. I've got the black one about two months ago, the white one about a month ago. I don't know the exact ages but they were both ...
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Is it healthy for newborn puppies to live on direct land?

My dog Jamie (no breed) had 4 puppies on July 8th. They haven't opened their eyes as of yet. Prior to this, Jamie dug a hole in the ground in the yard and there she gave birth to her puppies. While ...
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What is this? I just pulled this out of my cat almost like a pimple

is about the length of my pinky nail and it looks like it’s leaving an open hole with no blood. Please help me!
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Identifying a cat parasite

Yesterday I let a stray cat sleep on a chair on my balcony. After it got up, I saw it left dozens of blood filled parasites on the chair, but I'm not sure of which kind. They are tiny (1-2mm diameter)...
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Does my cat have eye worms?

I managed to pull 5-6 strange elastic white-translucent organisms from Toby's eyes. I never witnessed them move. They're definitely not hairs, and using 19x macro lens I took some pictures of them, ...
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What wormers are safe for pregnant mares?

I have purchased a pregnant mare - she has 3 months to go. I'm wondering what wormers are safe to use in pregnancy. I will also check with my equine vet. Pic for interest. I haven't received her yet, ...
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Something on my cat is biting me

My cat is just over one year old; she's an ex-feral who we trapped at about nine weeks. Since then she's been 95% indoor cat with no direct contact with other cats, but occasionally she slips out of ...
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Can my kittens get worms?

I have a pregnant cat, she had some kind of parasites before, worms I guess. Call me irresponsible, but I really don't know which kind of parasites she had when I got her dewormed. She's been dewormed ...
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My dog has got ticks inside her ears

What happened with me is very similar to this question. My dog too got spayed in an Indian Government Hospital and now has ticks all over her body. That is not very troubling since ticks on the body ...
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Maggots on back of the dog

I have a 4 year old german shepherd dog with lots of bushy hair. He has been infected with maggots for the past 1 month or more. I'm treating him with Turpentine and the vet gave him some antibiotics....
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Dog tablets for de-worming

For my dog, I wasn't able to afford the exam that checks for all the different types of worms that dogs can attract. However, I did see deworming chewable tablets. Is it harmful to feed a dog these ...
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Is it true that it's unsafe to put an e-collar on a cat? Are there any alternatives to it that cats would find more comfortable?

My dad is a veterinarian, and he refuses to put an e-collar on our cat, who's scratching her throat and ears (both front and back) so badly she's reached flesh. We tried putting ointment on her but ...
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Why was a worm exam negative when actual worm was included in stool sample?

3 days ago, my 2 1/2 month golden retriever started passing worm segments in her stool. It was one segment on the first and second days and two segments in the third day. I'm pretty sure it is ...
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Will Myiasis cause death?

I have a crossbreed dog of Lhasa and Pomeranian. He was a very friendly dog. He had a wound nearby and we applied medicines, but somehow maggot infection occurred. Now he is quite angry and he cannot ...
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Does bleach kill flea eggs?

Context: I'm having an issue with fleas in the apartment. I have three adult cats, which I bathe every 6 weeks more or less. Back 3 months ago, they got fleas from the outside. I used Frontline Plus ...
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What other worms do I need to catch?

I am using revolution on my cats. It kills: Flea infestations (killing adult fleas) Flea eggs Flea larvae Prevents heartworm Hookworm Roundworm Ear mites It's applied topically to the skin, so ...
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Did I remove the tick the right way?

My dog is a 2.5 year old Golden Shepherd mix. I found a tick that looks like this: The difference is that it's darker. It was below the neck on her back. This is the first time ever. And I heard ...
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How long does pasture need to be rested to prevent worm re-infestation?

I'm moving my horses into new paddocks where there hasn't been horses for 4 weeks. I'm wondering if there can still be worms in these paddocks. Is it possible to rest paddocks for long enough to ...
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Puppy full of ticks

This is what I removed from my 6 week old puppy. I believe it's a tick. 20 have been removed so far. The puppy still has more. The internet suggested removing them with tweezers. But the puppy is ...
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Killing aquarium parasites?

I recently bought a second aquarium and set it up. When doing so, I added some gravel and artificial plants from my first aquarium to it because a staff member at the store told me it would help with ...
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Cats/kittens with lumps under their skin

I have multiple cats ranging from 2 yrs old to 4 months old. They have all been treated for fleas and tape worms and are now flea free and on last worm treatment. My question is has anyone had cats ...
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How can I treat mosquito allergy in cats?

I have two cats who have an allergy to mosquitoes. It creates scab-like sores on their noses and ears that bleed easily. The vet gave me this stuff called Ovitrol to put on their heads with a cotton ...
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What is this scabbing and hair loss on my cat's ear?

Hi my cat is about 4 years old now and something that we just recently came to notice is that he has a bit of scabs and peeling/hair loss on one of his ears. Were not sure what it could be but we're ...
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How to tell if worming medication was effective?

Are there any 'clues' to confirm that worming medication has worked and my cat doesn't have worms? (My cat goes to the toilet outside so I can't check for 'poo-clues', if that even is a way :D )
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Shearing our Golden Retriever with Sheep Shears

I'm a bit embarrassed to say this, but our dog has a persistent ringworm problem. Several times throughout the years, we'd apply Viaderm or something that can be bought from our local vet. Then, when ...
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What is this parasite?

I found this parasite in my tank this week. It was the second time I saw it but the first time I lost him before I could catch it. He wasn't on any fish or plant, he was on a wood piece the first time ...
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Any internal medicine to get rid of maggots in dogs?

There's a 6 month puppy in my area and he's been infected with maggots in his right rear leg. He's too scared of humans so i cant go near him and apply any ointment or spray. So is there any internal ...
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My dog had adenocarcinoma. Should he be given heartworm prevention medicine?

My dog was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma almost two years ago. He's doing okay but has been going down hill the past few weeks. He will probably have to be euthanized within a month or two due to a ...
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How can I remove multiple ticks from a dog quickly?

There's a female stray dog in my area who was recently spayed and as being spayed in a poor Indian government hospital she's got ticks all over her body. Manual removal of the ticks is not possible ...
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What is my risk of getting Toxoplasmosis from my neighbor's cat?

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease it is most commonly spread in feces by household cats., the related question What is the cat owner's risk of toxoplasmosis from cats? has an answer that indicates ...
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What is the cat owners risk of toxomoplasmosis from cats?

Do all cat owners have it? The world prevalence of toxomoplasmosis is 33% so it's extremely common. Even though it's supposedly asymptomatic and harmless I've read journal articles speculating that ...
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Do my kitten's ears look like they have mites?

He's a ~12 week old rescue, and his ears look a bit mangy. He's going to the vet in about a week, but I'm wondering if it's necessary to take him sooner, especially since we've adopted another rescue ...
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How do I know if my cat has worms?

Are there any specific signs my cat will show if he has worms? I know that horses can get diarrhea, loose weight or don't gain weight and that you can detect some of the worms in their fecal. But as ...
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What are all the possible ways for a dog to be contamined with heartworms?

I understand that mosquitoes are the primary vectors of heartworms. Can a dog be infected in other ways?
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Can dogs get head lice and transfer them to humans (or vice versa)?

If we have head lice, can we transmit them to our dogs, or can they get them and transfer them to us?