With the sunshine and increased outdoor activity come unique needs for your pet. If your pet typically goes outdoors (whether it’s a short walk or a weekend camping trip), or simply rides in the car with you, you can take steps to lower its risk to many common outdoor summer and outdoor hazards.
Giardia is a microscopic parasite that can infect most mammals, including humans. The parasite invades cells lining the intestinal tract, causing bowel irritation and damage. There, the parasites reproduce and shed into the stool to pass out of the body. This stage of the parasite is very hearty and can remain infective in the environment for long periods of time. Infection
occurs when parasites are ingested in contaminated water, stool, plant material, or food. Even licking a few drops of contaminated water, or a few parasites off of the paws or coat, can potentially cause infection.
Ascarids, or roundworms, are common intestinal parasites found in dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens can be infected by their mother. Kittens can carry the parasites from a very young age, while puppies may be infected from birth.