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Coyote Tapeworm

Once again Canadian journalists are talking about coyote tapeworms and the risks they pose to pets and their owners. Many people are worried and have been contacting Clappison Animal Hospital for more information.

In the Northern Hemisphere the “coyote tapeworm” is  Echinococcus multilocularis. The problem is that the definitive hosts, red foxes and coyotes, are interacting more and more with pets due to urban sprawl. This allows an increased risk of spreading of disease and parasites between the species.

Infected animals shed the tapeworm eggs in their feces, which are then eaten by small rodents such as mice and voles.  These animals are considered intermediate hosts as they do not complete the lifecycle. Instead, the eggs form into cysts which grow killing the rodent or making it vulnerable prey. If  foxes or coyotes eat them then the lifecycle is complete. Dogs and cats can be infected by consuming intermediate hosts and can shed already infective eggs in their feces.  Humans can then become infected through accidental ingestion of infective eggs or contaminated meat.

E. multilocularis in people is a much more dangerous problem than in canids because it causes alveolar cysts. These are slow growing, highly invasive and infiltrative and can resemble malignancies. The most commonly affected organ is the liver, but they can end up anywhere including the brain or spinal cord. Unfortunately mortality rates are high in infected people.

The good news is this is still a rare incidence in North America.  Our pets are much more likely to have the tapeworm Dipylidium caninum which is from grooming and ingesting fleas.  And these are not transmissible to people from dogs. The other tapeworm seen is Taenia species, after pets consume  prey species like mice. This is also not transmitted to people.

If you see small, beige rice-looking segments around the hind end of your pet or in their bed contact your vet at Clappison Animal Hospital for medication (Praziquantel) which is effective against all types of tapeworms. And practice good hygiene when handling your pet’s feces. Use a plastic bag or scoop to keep the material away from your skin. And afterwards wash your hands with soap and water.

By: Jennifer Merry BSc (Agr) DVM

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 905.689.8005. We will open the door and bring you and your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We ask 1 client per pet please. Once the examination is finished, the Doctor will either call you or come out to talk to you to discuss the treatment etc for your pet. For those who do not have a mobile phone, an easy knock at the door will work the same way!

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. The animal hospital is still OPEN with the following hours: Monday- Friday: 8:00am - 6pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm, & Closed on Sundays.

4. Country Tails Doggie Daycare and our Grooming Salon are closed until further notice.

5. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

6. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

7. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

8. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Clappison Animal Hospital