Why Do We Ask For Stool Samples For Your Pet?
The Bigger Picture
In the United States roundworms infect three to six million people each year. In some areas tests have shown parasite exposure in almost a quarter of the population. A recent study in Halifax showed that over 25% of school children had antibodies indicating exposure to roundworms.
Even pets that don’t leave the house can carry immature forms of parasites they had as puppies or kittens. They can also become infected from eggs that come in on shoes or potting soil. There are plenty of chances for your outdoor pet to pick something up. A good prevention program, including fecal exams and regular deworming (at least 4 times per year), can help keep both you and your furry companions healthy.
According to the results of a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 14% of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara, or internal roundworms, contracted from dogs and cats. We recommend deworming your pets a minimum of four times yearly, and running a fecal test at their yearly exams.
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