Dog Diseases, Bites, Worms & Ticks

Dog Diseases, Bites, Worms & Ticks

Dog Diseases, Bites, Worms & Ticks

Keeping Pets (and People) Healthy

Pets occupy an esteemed place in many of our households, often being treated as members of the family. They offer a source of amusement, pleasure, and companionship. more

Pet Ownership–Risky Business?

Sharing homes with pets is a way of life for many Americans at least 60 percent by some estimates. And the companionship, affection and trust of pets can provide distinct health benefits for their owners. more

Africanized Honey Bees (“killer bees”)

When bees defend their colonies, they target furry and dark-colored objects that resemble their natural enemies: bears and skunks. more

Ascaris Infection

Ascaris is a worm that lives in the small intestine. Infection with Ascaris is called ascariasis (ass-kuh-rye-uh-sis). more

Alcohol Poisoning in Pets

Alcohol is a dangerous substance for pets. Common sources include… more

Beaver Fever Found in Lakes and Streams

Beaver Fever is a disease that people can contract by drinking water from a contaminated source, such as a pond, a lake, or even a puddle. more

Bees Sting Pets Too!!!

Summertime is wonderful for outdoor activities for your pet, but can result in exposure to bees, wasps, hornets, ants, and other biting insects. more


Brucellosis is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria of the genus Brucella. These bacteria are primarily passed among animals, and they cause disease in many different vertebrates. more

Bubonic Plague

Plague is a disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacterium lives in the gut of the rodent flea and is transmitted when an infected flea bites a human or animal. more

Campylobacter Infection and Animals

Campylobacter is one of the most common bacterial causes of diarrheal illness in the United States. Virtually all cases occur as isolated, sporadic events, not as a part of large outbreaks. more

Cryptosporidium Infection and Animals

Cryptosporidium infection (cryptosporidiosis) (krip-toe-spo-rid-ee-oh-sis) is a parasitic disease caused by Cryptosporidium parvum. more

Diseases from Dogs

Dogs can carry a variety of germs that can make people sick. Some of these germs are common and some are rare. more

Diseases: Animal Diseases Transmisible to Humans

People can catch some diseases from their pets. Have you heard of ringworm, toxoplasmosis or canine roundworms? All of these are zoonoses, a term for animal diseases that can be shared between animals and humans. more

Ear Mites

All animals, including people, occasionally have itchy ears. However, if your pet is constantly scratching them or is rubbing its head on the floor and walking with its head tilted to the side, it may have an ear infection. more

Ear Mites Cause Severely Itchy Ears

Ear mites are small parasites (called Otodectes cyanotis) that can infest the ear canals of both dogs and cats, causing severe itching which leads to self-trauma. more


Pets have a love and hate relationship with them—they love pets and pets hate them. more

Flea Facts

If you think just killing the adult fleas on your pet means that he or she is safe from further flea infestation, think again! more

Flea Bites: Pets Can Become Allergic to Flea Bites

Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) also termed flea-bite hypersensitivity, is an allergic skin reaction to flea saliva. more

Fighting Fleas and Ticks

While there are more than 200 species of fleas in this country, the main troublemaker for pets is the cat flea. more

Taking the Bite out of Fleas and Ticks

Fleas are truly devoted to their work. In one day, a single flea can bite your cat or dog more than 400 times. more

Fly Bites: Prevention and Treatment of a Dog’s Fly Bites

Dr. Jocelyn Wellington points out that the most successful treatment is prevention by applying fly repellent before open wounds from bites develop. more

Giardiasis Fact Sheet

Giardiasis (GEE-are-DYE-uh-sis) is a diarrheal illness caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite, Giardia intestinalis (also known as Giardia lamblia). more


Heartworm disease is a serious yet preventable disease spread by mosquitoes. more

Heartworm Caused by Mosquitoes

Heartworm is transmitted from dog to dog (and cat to cat) by mosquitoes. Over 70 species of mosquitoes have already been implicated. more

Preventing Infections From Pets: A Guide for People With HIV Infection

Most people with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) can and should keep their pets, however you should know the health risks of owning a pet or caring for animals.more

Hookworm Infection and Animals

Hookworm infection is a disease caused by several species of parasites. more

“Hot Spots” Can Appear Overnight

“Hot spots” are localized skin infections that are usually caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus intermedius, although other bacteria can be involved. more

Intestinal Worms in Dogs and Puppies

Puppies and dogs can carry around lots of worms. A dog can appear totally normal and healthy on the outside, but inside, worms may be lurking. more

Intestinal Parasites: Prevention the Key

Most pet owners are aware that worms can be a serious problem for pets. They also know that worms carry with them the potential to produce serious illness, or even kill pets. more

Leishmania Infection (leishmaniasis) and Animals

Leishmaniasis is a parasitic disease caused by Leishmania spp. This disease is rare in the United States, but is occasionally found in dogs. more


Leptospirosis is a disease is caused by spiral shaped bacteria called leptospires. It occurs worldwide and can affect humans as well as many wild and domestic animals, including dogs and cats. more

Lyme Disease and Animals

Lyme disease is a bacterial disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi (boar-ELL-ee-uh burg-dorf-ERR-eye). more

Plague and Animals

People can get plague from an infected animal, but this is very rare. more

Poisonous Plants and Pets

Pets have a penchant for chewing on plants! Not being particularly fussy about what they eat, pets will often chew on plants that are NOT edible, some of which are toxic. more

Prescriptions for Healthier Animals: Pets and People Frequently Fight Disease with Similar Drugs

Veterinarians have been prescribing approved animal drugs that are similar to human drugs for years. more

Q Fever

Q fever is a zoonotic disease caused by Coxiella burnetii, a species of bacteria that is distributed globally. more

Rabies – What is It?

Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system of warm-blooded animals, including humans. Once symptoms appear, rabies is always fatal in animals and people. more

Rabies: What You Should Know

Rabies is caused by a virus that attacks the central nervous system, causing convulsions, paralysis, and, finally, death. more

Rabies Infection and Animals

Wild animals are much more likely to carry rabies, especially raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes. However, dogs, cats, cattle (cows), or any warm-blooded animal can pass rabies to people. more

Ringworm and Animals

Ringworm is a skin and scalp disease caused by several different kinds of fungi. more

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is the most severe and most frequently reported rickettsial illness in the United States. more

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Animals

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a disease caused by the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsii (rick-ETT-cee-uh rick-ETT-cee-eye), which is carried by ticks. more

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