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The Scoop on Poop at Dufferin Veterinary Hospital Why a fecal examination?

December 4, 2013
Dr. Christine Harron, Dufferin Veterinary Hospital in Orangeville

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.

Rudi's Rapid Recovery A Story of Hope

July 22, 2013
Dufferin Veterinary HospitalDr. Ann Voyame

    “Rudi”, a 14 year old Bulgarian Water Hound, was an active, healthy senior when her owners discovered that she was unable to get up one morning. When they helped her to her feet she staggered and fell to one side. Thinking that Rudi had suffered a stroke, her owners rushed her to their veterinarian expecting they would be told to euthanize her.

After examining Rudi and noting a head tilt and nystagmus (an involuntary movement of both eyes), the veterinarian diagnosed IDIOPATHIC VESTIBULAR DISEASE. This disease causes a sudden onset of head tilt and loss of balance and usually occurs in geriatric dogs although it can occur in cats of any age.  It is like a single, severe attack of vertigo and it’s cause is unknown in dogs.

     Rudi’s owners were relieved to hear that with supportive care many dogs can make a full recovery from this disease. It was difficult at first – normally a voracious eater, Rudi refused food for the first week and she required help to move around.  With lots of TLC and constant efforts to tempt her to eat (bacon seemed quite therapeutic!), Rudi made steady progress over the second week and was back to normal soon after with only a slight head tilt as a reminder of her illness.

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