What's the Scoop on Poop?

By Progress Park Veterinary Hospital | Jan 22, 2013

So you're getting your pet ready to come in for their check-up appointment.  You've got your pet, their carrier or leash, you have your list of questions for the doctor.  What's missing?  Poop!

Dogs and cats often are carrying intestinal parasites without signs of illness.  This puts both your petand your family at risk.  Some gastrointestinal parasites are microscopic, and the only way to diagnose them is by microscopic examination of your pet's feces for the eggs shed by the adult worms. Others are large enough to be observed in your pet's bowel movements or after he vomits. Moreover, some tapeworms produceproglottids, which are the segments making up their body. These segments can be seen around the hair on the anus or in the stool, appearing as bits of moving "white rice." 

Among the important gastrointestinal parasites of dogs and cats are roundworms (Toxocara species), hookworms (Ancylostoma caninum, Ancylostoma braziliense and Uncinaria stenocephala), whipworms (Trichuris vulpis, T. campanula, T. serrata), stomach worms (Physaloptera spp.), tapeworms (Diplylidium caninum, Taenia pisiformis), and microscopic parasites Coccidia, Giardia and Strongyloides species.

Some of these parasites, most notably roundworms and hookworms, can infect people.  Children under the age of 13 are at the greatest risk of infection.  Regular fecal analysis of your pet can help identify unwanted parasites so we can keep your household parasite free.  Even pets on preventative programs can aquire parasites.

If your pet hasn't had a fecal check within 12 months, drop one off!  If you are coming in for an exam soon, don't forget "the sample".  Please make sure all samples are a fresh sample within 24 hours.  We just need a small amount (approximately 1 tsp of material) to run the analysis.

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  • Progress Park Veterinary Hospital
    Peru, IL 61354-1165
    Phone: 815-224-2858
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