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.