Could you tell me something more about toxoplasmosis infection in dogs?

  1. AuriFin profile image61
    AuriFinposted 8 years ago

    Could you tell me something more about toxoplasmosis infection in dogs?

    Toxoplasmosis is of high importance for cat owners, especially if the owner is a woman in child-birth age. I was just wondering how the parasite affects dogs, dogs' health and what the owners should have in mind with this respect.

  2. niner profile image57
    ninerposted 7 years ago

    Toxoplasmosis is actually caused by a parasite named Toxoplasma gondii.  Dogs become infected (usually) through eating uncooked meat or being exposed to cat feces.

    Symptoms are pretty general - diarrhea,  fever, etc - but a wide variety of severe symptoms can emerge. It would be a very lucky guess to know a dog had T. gondii just from a symptom, and so it's most normally diagnosed through testing at a vet, by looking for parasites in the blood.

    In humans, toxoplasmosis is particularly harmful to people who are immunocompromised (cancer patients, AIDs patients, etc).

    I found a website with a much more in-depth explanation if you're interested in knowing more:
    http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm … mp;aid=771

 
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