Are you aware of the risk of exposure to intestinal
parasites in our area? The environment
may contain several parasites including Roundworms, Tapeworms, Hookworms,
Whipworms, Coccidia, and Giardia.
These parasites may cause changes in your pet's stool,
vomiting, dull haircoat, and/or weight loss. If left
untreated, they can lead to further health problems. Some intestinal parasites also pose a zoonotic threat; they can
be passed from pets to humans. This
risk is highest for children and immunocompromised adults.
Some of the parasites may be visible in your pets stool.
Roundworms are frequently seen in puppies and kittens. These worms when passed look like spaghetti! Roundworms give your puppy that "puppy breath" as well as pot bellies.
Tapeworms are also seen in the stool. They look like fettuccini when they are whole, like rice when they are passed in individual segments, and can also look like dried pumpkin seeds or sesame seeds stuck to your pets hair coat around their anus. Dogs and cats typically get tapeworms from eating fleas (dead or alive) or rodents.
However, most parasites are not clearly visible and must be
identified by microscopic examination of a stool sample.
Lincoln Land Animal Clinic promotes parasite prevention and
awareness. To help keep your pets
healthy and free of parasites please collect a fresh stool specimen from your
pet and bring it to the clinic for microscopic examination. You can place the specimen in a baggie,
plastic dish, etc. The most important
thing to remember is that the stool sample must be fresh. We will notify you of the results and any
medications or actions that may be necessary.
Several of these parasites can be prevented or controlled with monthly
heartworm prevention and flea and tick control. Please contact us if you have any questions about your pet's