Potentially fox tapeworm is on the rise in Southern Ontario.
Here are some facts for you:
- Foxes and coyotes become infected with tapeworm by eating infected rodents.
- Foxes and coyotes spread fox tapeworm in their feces. Their feces are contaminated with tapeworm eggs.
- Cats and dogs can become infected by eating infected rodents. The eggs then pass into the feces and when your pet goes to eliminate it contaminates the environment.
- Dogs and cats can also become infected by sniffing an area that has come in contact with infected feces. Rolling in infected feces and licking themselves clean after. They could also be infected by eating infected feces directly.
- We as caregivers of our pets are also at risk for infection. We can become infected by gardening in contaminated soil, handling infected feces. Remember always to wash your hands. We also could become infected by our pet licking our face.
- Remember to do a yearly fecal test with your annual exam and vaccines. If you see anything before then do a fecal test sooner.
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your veterinarian for answers.
Written by: Christine Attridge -Hardy