There is a parasite lurking in our area that the public should be aware of, and that all dog owners can help to control. That parasite is called hookworm. Hookworm is found throughout the world, however, in Minnesota, we see two different species: Ancylostoma caninum and Uncinaria stenocephala which are both carried by dogs.
Hookworm disease is a terrible disease for both dogs and humans. It is zoonotic, meaning that it can be spread from dogs to humans (although indirectly as will be explained later).
Early in the disease, dogs may have no symptoms, but they can be spreading hookworm eggs in the stool and contaminating the environment. Later in the disease, patients will develop diarrhea and weight loss. Hookworms are voracious blood suckers. They attach to the intestinal lining and release an anti-coagulant to stimulating bleeding. Hookworm disease can cause anemia, and puppies that are exposed to hookworm as neonates can become so anemic that they die. Humans that are exposed to dog hookworm typically develop a skin rash. The migrating larvae leave red, itchy tracks under the surface of the skin.
History of the Breed
Exotic Shorthair cats are a cross between an American or British Shorthair and a Persian. They were originally created in the early 1960’s and formally recognized by the Cat Fancier’s Association in 1967.
The Exotic Shorthair cat has been nicknamed, the “lazy man’s Persian”. The reason being is that the Exotic Shorthair has the temperament and conformation of a Persian, but because their coat is short and dense, instead of long and prone to matting, there is a lot less upkeep.
Exotic Shorthairs tend to be gentle, calm, and playful. They will follow you around the house and then cuddle in your lap when you settle in.