Parasite EGGS are MICROSCOPIC! This means when we perform a fecal exam for your pet, we need to process the sample in order to concentrate any parasite eggs present in the sample on to a glass slide and then look for them under a microscope.
Parasites can pose a serious health threat to both the four legged AND two legged members of your family. We recommend that a fecal sample be checked on your pet at least yearly along with routine use of parasite preventives (such as Nexgard Spectra or Advantage Multi). In some cases, we may need to send samples out for fecal antigen testing.
Tapeworm are the exception in that if your pet is infected, you the owner, will likely see tapeworm segments (literally ‘packets’ of eggs that look like white rice) on your pet’s feces or fur. Occasionally, pets will vomit or pass an adult worm. If you see any signs like this, let us know and bring the parasite along with a stool sample to us for confirmation so that appropriate medication can be dispensed. Pets that have fleas or eat small prey or offal are at a higher risk of becoming infected with tapeworm. While most tapeworm tend to be relatively harmless, there is a growing concern about one called Echinococcus multilocularis that affects wild canines (fox, coyote) but can cause very serious disease in people and domestic dogs.
Please call 705-759-8888 if you have any questions or concerns – we’re here to help!