Glossary of terms used on this site

This glossary is to help pet people understand the language that veterinarians may use when treating their pets.


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Term Definition

Ticks, mites or body lice can transmit infectious rickettsial organism through their bites.


These are the most common of the parasitic worms found in dogs and cats. Adult roundworms live in the intestines. Animals with major roundworm infections show weight loss, dull hair, and a potbellied appearance.