Hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm are just a few of the damaging intestinal parasites that can threaten your pet’s health. Often, you will see no symptoms that your pet may have a parasite infestation until it becomes a very serious medical concern. Additionally, some of these parasites can also be transmitted from pets to humans. We recommend that all pets have a stool sample microscopically examined once a year. When a stool sample is looked at under a microscope, we are looking for the parasite’s eggs that are shed into the feces of your pet. Puppies and kittens should have multiple stool samples checked and will likely be given de-worming medication as they are at a higher risk for infection. If you have a concern with a specific parasite, please refer to our Pet Health library for more information.
People should practice good hygiene and use common sense to minimize exposure to “zoonotic” parasites. Dispose of your pet’s fecal matter properly, encourage children to wash their hands after playing, wear shoes when in public parks, and keep the sandbox covered to prevent both domesticated and wild animals from defecating in it.