Intestinal Parasites in Pets: Protecting Our Furry Loved Ones

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When we think of parasites and pets, fleas, ticks, and heartworm usually come to mind. Indeed, these organisms are the cause of much misery for both animals and people, and it makes sense to keep our pets protected year-round with the use of prescription parasite preventive medications.

Intestinal parasites in pets are also an important cause of disease. Besides making pets sick, many of these organisms can be passed to people. Keeping your family and pets safe requires routine testing and preventive measures, and the team at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital can show you how.

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Bugged Out: Parasites, Pets, and Parks

A puppy scratching itselfDog parks and other pet friendly outdoor locations are popular, especially during the spring and summer months. Who doesn’t love to roam through the blooms, enjoying the fresh air with a four-legged pal? However, while these gathering places can be great for exercise and socialization, they’re also popular among pests.

Parasites, pets, and parks seem to be a common but crummy combo, encouraging the spread of harmful diseases. Keep reading to learn more about how to keep your pet from falling host to these bothersome bugs.

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Well, Well, Well..ness Visits—Dog Wellness Visits Straight from the Pupper’s Mouth

Dog wellness.

Doggo here, comin’ to talk to you about my frens at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital and how they work with my hoomans to keep me feelin’ goods so I can sniff, play, and cuddle every day. Although I might gives you a face when you say we goin’ to the vet, I know you are just tryin’ to keep me healthy so I can have a longer life with you, my favorite hooman.

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My Pet Has Fleas! What Now?

Happy pet terrier dog scratching chin with leg
A candid image of the family pet mongrel dog. He is scratching his chin with his hind leg. This can be a sign a dog has parasites such as fleas or ticks. Dogs routinely pick them up on walks and it is vital for owners to regularly give them prevention and cure treatment. Image taken in Ko Lanta, Krabi, Thailand.

Fleas are the bane of a pet owner’s existence. These creepy crawly creatures can elicit a shudder in even the bravest dog or cat parent. If your pet has the unfortunate experience of getting fleas, Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital wants to help you get rid of them as quickly as possible:

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Sky Raisins: Why Pets Eat Flies (and Is It Safe?)

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Household flies are a nuisance for many of us, especially in the summertime. But when it comes to our pets, these sky raisins are particularly interesting.

You have probably seen your cat or dog swat or chomp at flies, and, of course, gobble them up like they are a tasty snack. Since cats and dogs are instinctual hunters, this tiny prey may seem like an easy bit of nutrition for them, even though it is gross to us.

The question we at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital often get from pet owners is why pets eat flies and is it safe for them to do so. You are in luck. We are here to explain this airborne fixation for your best friend.

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On The Prowl: The Risks of Leaving Your Cat Out All Night

A white and brown cat standing on the floor

It goes without saying that cats are safer indoors, but every neighborhood has cats that live both indoors and outside.

Outdoor cats certainly enjoy more freedoms than their indoor counterparts, but that freedom comes at a cost, especially for those being let out overnight.

What Are Outdoor Cats Doing All Night?

Cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during the dawn and dusk hours. Cats will naturally want to spend the evening outdoors, leaving their owners wondering what it is they’re doing out there all night.

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You are What You Eat: Avoiding Dog Diarrhea at Home 

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Some dogs are known for their stomachs of steel – it seems as though they can devour just about anything and never pay the consequences. Other dogs experience digestive upset at just the idea of anything but their normal diet.

Most of our canine patients at Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital fall somewhere in between. Regardless of where your pet falls on the spectrum, we know that dog diarrhea is no fun for any of the parties involved, and if we can avoid it altogether we will.

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A Microscopic Menace: Giardia in Dogs 

A dog drinking from a river

Your pet can’t possibly have parasites – after all you haven’t seen anything in their stool. Right? 

Well, if you think that you can see all pet parasites with your naked eye, you would be mistaken. There are actually quite a few intestinal parasites that you can’t see without the aid of a microscope. At Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital one of the more common parasites that we diagnose is Giardia in dogs, and it is definitely one that you won’t be seeing without fecal testing

The Gist of Giardia

Unlike the traditional worm that you might think of when the phrase “intestinal parasite” is used, Giardia is a single-celled parasite that calls the intestinal tract its home.

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Tapeworms and Your Pet 

A white cat drinking from a glass

Tapeworms, even the name sounds gross. But, tapeworms are a common type of internal parasite that affects dogs and cats. Some species of tapeworm are zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted to humans.

Learn more about these intestinal foes and how you can protect your pet from them.

What Is a Tapeworm?

A tapeworm is a long, flat worm that lives in the intestinal tract of animals. It is typically transmitted via fleas when a cat or dog ingests the flea, or the feces of an infected animal. They attach themselves to the wall of the intestine with a hooked type of mouth.

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Ask-A-Vet: Why do Dogs Chase Their Tails?

A dog chasing its tail

If you haven’t seen a dog chasing its tail in real life, you’ve likely seen an image or video of this uniquely canine behavior. Indeed, dogs provide us with countless hours of entertainment, and the tail-chasing is high on the list. But have you ever wondered why they do it?

As funny as they look while they’re doing it, the reasons why dogs chase their tails aren’t always amusing. Learning about the behavior, along with careful observation of your pup, can alert you to a potential problem…

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