Animal health - Deworming cats and dogs

The health of pets and farm animals is very important for rural people. If their animals are healthy, farming families can generate much-needed income from the sale of wool, milk or meat; however, if livestock falls ill and dies, for example because of parasites, the result is great financial loss. Parasites are equally dangerous for humans; they can cause diarrhoea and anaemia and, in the worst case, death. Not only are farm animals carriers and vectors of parasites, but also pets such as cats and dogs and so domestic animals need to be treated regularly for parasites.

Timeframe

2021-2023

Pillar

Livelihood

Project Community

Rural Families

Project area

Project Goal

Deworming campaigns for dogs and cats to reduce the spread of immature stages (eggs - larvae) of parasites dangerous to livestock and domestic animals.

Project details

Parasitic diseases are a major threat to animal breeding (growth, development and reproduction). Pets, in this case mainly dogs, act as end hosts of parasites such as hydatidosis, cenurosis, taeniasis, sarcosistiosis, etc. in various biological cycles. Faeces on grazing areas lead to massive dispersal of eggs and larvae.

Farm animals such as cows, sheep, llamas or alpacas are regularly treated against parasites, often through campaigns organised by the municipal authorities but pet health is often neglected by families in rural areas. Domestic animals are also carriers of parasites and without regular and systematic deworming, infected pets repeatedly transmit parasites to dewormed livestock. In rural areas, transmission of parasites to humans is also common. This can happen, for example, through close contact with the animals, by eating contaminated meat or drinking contaminated water.

Project procedure

Community members and authorities are informed at meetings about the pet deworming campaign. The municipal authorities are also encouraged to include pets in future deworming campaigns for livestock.

Our agronomists visit the families and raise their awareness of preventing parasites, and about pet health in general.

Broad-spectrum antiparasitics are used to deworm dogs and cats. To calculate the correct dosage, each animal is weighed, and the medication is administered orally.

Results

Last year, 3,395 dogs and 2,031 cats from 1,671 families were treated for parasites. This year, about 4,000 pets will receive antiparasitic treatment.

Thanks to the success of last year’s campaign, families have become more aware of the importance of keeping their pets healthy.

Costs: CHF2,200/year

Together we make it happen

For more information get in touch with:

david.fuchs@suyana.ch
+41 41 710 82 16

David Fuchs
David Fuchs

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South America

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