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Gastrointestinal parasites are very common in dogs and cats. Because so many of these parasites can be transmitted from animals to humans, diagnosis and treatment becomes important to maintaining the good health of pets and family members. It is especially important in households with children or immunocompromised adults.

A fresh fecal (stool) sample may be examined at your pet’s puppy exam and again at their annual wellness exam. You may want to have a sample checked sooner if your pet has a tendency to chew on critters like mice, rabbits, etc., or is suffering from diarrhea.

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MAC - Why We Test for Intestinal Parasites

What does it mean “bring a fecal sample” to the clinic?

This means we need a sample of your animal’s feces, otherwise known as stool, bowel movement or poop, brought to the clinic in a disposable container. It should be a fresh (less than 24 hours), not frozen or dried, specimen at least one tablespoon in volume. You can pick it up using a plastic baggie over your hand, turning it inside out and tying it closed. Please don’t use a paper towel as this may contaminate the sample.

If your pet is found to have any intestinal parasites, it will be treated with antiparasitic medication specific to the parasite diagnosed.

Common gastrointestinal parasites found and treated in

dogs and cats include:

Treatment, Follow-up and Prognosis

It is important to decrease parasite numbers in the environment to prevent infection and reinfection. This can be accomplished by good kennel hygiene, washing of bedding and killing of intermediary hosts (such as fleas).

Repeated fecal testing may be recommended to determine whether the parasite infestation has been effectively treated or if repeat treatments are necessary.

If effective antiparasitic medications are given correctly, the prognosis for most animals is good.

If you have any concerns or questions, please call us right away at 333-3847