These next few pages are for your general information. If you think your dog is suffering form any of the things described below you should take your dog to be checked by a vet where suitable treatment will be provided.

Common parasites of dogs

A parasite is an animal or plant that lives in or on a host.  A host is another animal or plant.  The parasite gets food from the host without benefiting or killing the host.  An ectoparasite is a parasite that feed externally from the host, as opposed to the endoparasite that feeds internally from the host.

The three most common ectoparasites of your dog are:
                                 Cat Flea (ctenocephalides felis)
                                 Ear mites  (Otodectes cynotis)
                                 Sheep tick (Ixodes ricinus)

The three most common endoparasites of your dog are:
                                 Flea tapeworm (Dipylidium caninum)
                                 Roundworm (Toxocara canis)
                                 Hookworm (Ancylostoma caninum)

These parasites are described in great detail over the next few pages for your information.

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