Why a fecal examination for your pet?
Yes, it is stinky, and gross....yet examination of your pets’ stool using a fecal floatation process is a simple and effective way of screening for intestinal parasites. Surprisingly, most pets carrying internal parasites do not show any external signs of infection at all! If pets do show signs, they may include soft stool, blood or mucous in the stool, flatulence, increased or decreased appetite, vomiting, poor hair coat, or a combination of these signs. Worms are evident in the stool only in severe heavy infections.
Pets are exposed to many types of parasites, some being zoonotic – meaning infectious to people. Dogs can transmit 15 different types of parasites to people, while cats can transmit at least 8 types! Parasites and their eggs are present everywhere in the environment, and can survive through frost and ice. Even your backyard poses a risk for infection from neighborhood pets and local wildlife; with 25% of backyards with no pets in the household testing positive for roundworm eggs!
It is recommended that your pet’s stool sample is checked by microscopic examination at least once a year. This examination will allow for identification of parasites or parasite eggs – indicating the presence of a specific infection. If infection is present, your veterinarian will then chose the appropriate treatment and eliminate the identified parasite to keep both your pet and your family safe. A simple and effective screening tool – the fecal examination is essential in maintaining whole pet wellness.