Why should you bring in a sample of your pet’s stool?
When you bring in a fecal sample it is sent to our lab, where it is processed and checked for microscopic parasites or parasite eggs (especially for parasites we do not routinely deworm for).
Some intestinal parasites found commonly in dogs and cats can also infect humans, especially children, the elderly, or people who are immunosuppressed.. In humans, the larva of these parasites travel through the body and cause serious illness, including blindness.
In the United States three to six million people are infected with roundworms each year, and some areas almost a quarter of the population have had positive blood tests, indicating that they have been exposed to a parasite. 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 or can become infected from eggs that come in on shoes, or potting soil, and 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 (CDC), 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.