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You can try to use a baby gate or cat door to allow the cat access to the litter box while keeping the dog out. If your dog is doing something that really grosses you out, such as snacking from the cat's litter box, you may be worried about him catching a disease from cat feces.
Hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and Giardia could be transmitted from coprophagy (the medical term for eating fecal material). This is a valid fear, as there are several diseases that can be passed in the feces of a sick cat. These worms are not seen in cats as often as they are in dogs, but they do infect cats and can also leave larvae in the bowel that can be shed through cat poop. Lastly, try to clean the litter box after your cat uses it to remove the source of temptation to your dog.


Hookworms can be spread through the skin, so if your dog, like so many dogs, enjoys rolling around in smelly goo, he could pick up the hookworms or eggs and give them access to his body by penetration through the skin. Only cats have the chemical makeup in their bodies to support the life cycle of this particular protozoan.
Be sure to keep your dog on monthly heartworm prevention, as that also prevents most intestinal parasites, and if the cat goes outside, be sure to have him on preventatives, as well. Most dogs don’t get sick after eating litter box treasures, but trying to prevent it is a good idea. Dogs can become hosts, but the organism cannot reproduce in their bodies as it can in cats.
Theoretically, a dog could also get sick if they ate a large amount of cat litter, since it absorbs moisture and could cause constipation or an obstruction.


A dog who eats infected cat poo, or walks through an infected area and then licks his paws, can become the next whipworm host.
Cats can shed the eggs in their feces, and if a dog comes in contact with that feces, she can also become infected. Fortunately, though toxoplasmosis is very common in both dogs and cats, it doesn't usually cause any harm.



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