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Toxoplasmosis infection is caused by a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Cats are recognized as the primary host, as the parasite completes its life cycle in the cat's intestinal tract, passing back into the environment through the feces. Cats are more commonly seen with clinical symptoms than dogs. Still, dogs can be made ill from this parasite, and may mimic other infections, such as canine distemper or rabies.Overall, the vet said it is uncommon for dogs to get toxoplasmosis... but it can happen if a dog eats cat poop that has been on the ground for several days. I have a fenced-in yard and always pick up poop immediately. We had several inches of snow over the past month, and I am guessing that a neighbor cat might have used our yard as the litter box, and I hadn't noticed. As the snow melted, the yummy cat "poopsicle" was found. Even under my watchful eye, things like this can happen. What a stressful week for Max and all of us! I kept thinking about everywhere we had been and what he possibly could have eaten. Max is now almost back to his normal self since taking a specific antibiotic used to treat toxoplasmosis.