Some of the major categories of parasites that we generally provide preventatives or treatment for include roundworms, tapeworms, fleas, ticks, lice and mites. Of these categories, roundworms, tapeworms and ticks can also cause issues for human health. Some recommendations for keeping you and your family healthy in this regard include having your pet on a good parasite control program, regular handwashing, prompt disposal of pet feces, wearing gloves while gardening, covering sandboxes when not in use and limiting interactions between pets and wildlife. In Alberta due to the risk to human health from tick bites, there is a free program where your veterinarian can submit ticks found on pets for testing for the bacteria which causes Lyme disease. If you find a tick on your pet, please contact your veterinarian to arrange to have the tick tested.
Beck, K., Conboy, G., Gilleard, J., et al. (2009) Canadian Guidelines for the Treatment of Parasites in Dogs and Cats. Canadian Parasitology Expert Panel.