Pets, Parasites, and People: When Sharing Isn’t Caring

While parasites are less common in the southwestern United States than they are in wetter climates, we frequently have pets test positive for parasites. This is concerning, particularly since some parasites can be spread to humans. Pets at higher risk for becoming infected come into contact with other animals, go to high-traffic animal areas such as parks, or come from wetter climates. Puppies and kittens are particularly susceptible to parasitism because they get infected from their mothers and have immature immune systems. Now You See Me, Now You Don’t When people talk about parasites and pets, they often talk about “worms”. Tapeworms, roundworms, and hookworms all fit this description, an

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