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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My pet snake seems to have some sort of bugs crawling on its face; do I need to worry?

There are tiny little white things crawling across my pet snakes face, and even on its eyes. What are they, and what should I do about them? Are they harmful?
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Why is my dog eating dirt?

I'm finding dirt in my dachshund's poop. He eats his regular kibble and sometimes doesn't finish it all, and he does get snacks and a vitamin pill. I'm finding areas in the yard that have been ...
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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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How can I get rid of fleas without dangerous chemicals?

My cats, dog, and ferrets all have fleas! What is the best way to get rid of them without exposing my pets to dangerous chemicals? Since I have the different animals, it's important to me that if ...
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How to remove a tick on a dog?

Since I have my dog I check him for ticks when we're back from walks in the backcountry. So today I noticed one, then after checking carefully another one. Hopefully there is no other. So the ...
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How do I get rid of fleas on my rabbit?

I have tried remedies I got from the internet but they do not work and she still has fleas. I do not know what else to do.
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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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How effective is flea and tick spot treatment on dogs with hair?

I have an Australian LabraDoodle (lab, poodle, cocker spaniel, english spaniel, water spaniel) with curly hair (as opposed to fur). It's my understanding that dogs with normal fur produce more oils ...
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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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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?
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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 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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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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What are the effects of ticks on dogs and does it transmit diseases?

I recently removed two ticks from my dog. What are their effects on dogs healths? I heard about tick poisoning. Apart from these direct effects, do they transmit other diseases?
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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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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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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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Can diatomaceous earth be used for flea control on shaved or hairless dogs?

My understanding of how diatomaceous earth (DE) works is that it's rubbed into the dog's coat. As fleas move through the coat, they come in contact with particles of DE, which pierces their carapaces, ...
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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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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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How to treat a 20 year old cat with pancreatitis?

The vet said my 20 year old cat has pancreatitis and possibly parasites. Would you give her an antibiotic? How would you treat her? ALT. (sgpt). 112 BUN. 51 Precision psl. 42 Lymphocytes. 954 ...
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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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Can guinea pig fur mites infect rabbits?

I recently rescued a guinea pig, but now that he's settled in for a few days I began to handle and pet him. Doing so revelled some scabbing underneath his fur. Most sources on the internet seem to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Cat's back twitching A LOT for over 4 hours now

Today my father and I bathed my cat. He's going to be 1 year old in a couple months and this afternoon we noticed that his back (the entire back half of his body) started twitching. Sometimes the ...
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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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Are there any effective non-toxic methods of controlling parasites in dogs?

The veterinary pharmaceutical industry appears to be very keen that I expose my dog to toxins on a regular basis in order to prevent parasites taking hold. I have heard that there are more natural ...
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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. We're not sure what it could be, but we're ...
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What is this alien in my shrimp tank?

The tank is set up since nearly two months now. The shrimp have been in it for around four weeks. One small algae eating fish and one big and accidentally some small snails are living there too. But ...
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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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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. Picture for the interested. I haven't received ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use a human grade bug repellent for my dog?

I have a Xoloitzcuintle (Mexican hairless) and this time of the year in my part of the world, bugs really start to attack him. As far as I know there are no commercial bug repellents for dogs, hence ...