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One of the reasons why we love our house is the location. We are surrounded by 500 acres of farmland and Doc, little T’s dog, absolutely loves it. He loves exploring, especially with the other farm dogs. He likes to go up to the cows and see how long they’ll tolerate him before they moo him away. He also likes finding the smelliest thing he can find and then roll onto it till his fur is absolutely caked in it. Then with a smile on his face, comes home to us.
As you can see, one of Doc’s favourite thing to do is chew on sticks.
I do worry about him and all the germs he picks up when out on his adventures, especially since he likes eating the poo of the calves. Our farmer neighbour said, they (the dogs) like eating that because it’s full of milk. So far, he hasn’t shown any bad effects from eating all that poo. Fingers crossed, he’ll be fine.
As pet owners, we all worry about our dogs and of course, when you have children, you worry about them too. Some of us may know that roundworms and ticks are worrying not just for our dogs, but as well as for us humans too.
Scary isn’t it?
Jenni Falconer with her dog Alfie.
In line with this, TV presenter Jenni Falconer is backing the Pet Parasite Action campaign which aims to raise awareness of the need to treat our pets.
As a dog owner and a mum I want to be sure that I do the best thing for my pet and family. During the pet parasite action campaign I’m encouraging all pet owners to visit their vet for a simple way to help protect their pets against parasites inside and out, including those that may be harmful to the rest of the family. Let’s act now to help protect all the members of our family, furry or otherwise.
According to a survey carried out by Pet Parasite Action of over 1000 dogs nationwide, lungworm worries dog owners most with 74% saying they are concerned about this parasite. While 82% of dog owners are able to correctly identify that lungworm could be fatal to their pets, while 43% said that they think dog lungworm is the parasite that poses the greatest risk to human health, when actually it’s harmless to people.
Over a third of survey respondents (36%) say that they are worried about ticks but just 48% realise that ticks can cause fatalities in dogs because of the diseases they transmit. Also only 28% recognise that ticks (as a transmitter of Lyme disease in people) are a risk to human health.
The least worried about parasite according to the survey is probably one of the most concerning. Just 15% say they were worried about roundworms and only 7% correctly say they think roundworms could threaten human health. Yet if accidentally eaten, eggs from the roundworm Toxocara pose a significant threat to human health, potentially causing blindness or neurological disease – especially in children.
One in four people don’t realise their pet could have parasites but they might not be visible, as is often the case with lungworms, hard to find ticks and roundworms and the microscopic eggs they produce.
Around 1 in 6 say that it’s been about a year since they last treated their pet for ticks, lungworm or roundworm and despite concern about its effects, 23% say that they don’t know when their pet was last treated for lungworm.
At the end of the day, especially like Jenni, if you are a parent of young children, it’s best to make sure that your dogs are healthy by taking them to the vet regularly. That old adage is definitely true – better be safe than sorry.
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