Fecal Exams – The Scoop on Poop!

The above picture shows Toxocara or Roundworm eggs identified in a fecal sample from a 12 week old puppy.

An important part of your pet’s overall health care is routine screening for intestinal parasites.  This involves bringing us a small (but fresh!) sample of your pet’s bowel movement (poop).  You can get a specific container from us or you can bring it in a baggy, plastic tub, empty pill vial, jar or even tinfoil.  A teaspoon full is sufficient and a little bit of kitty litter or gravel will not affect the results.

statspinOnce we receive the sample it will be processed in our in house lab.  The purpose of the test is to look for and identify parasite eggs that are in the sample but that are microscopic (ie not visible to the naked eye).  Using special solutions and a centrifuge any parasite eggs present will be concentrated onto a microscope slide (centrifugal floatation) which is then examined methodically under the microscope.  If your pet’s sample is positive for parasite eggs, you will be notified and appropriate medications will be recommended.

Routine fecal exams (ie once a year) for your pet are not only important to his or her health but to your health as well!  Many parasites that infect dogs and cats also have a zoonotic potential which means they can in rare cases infect humans and cause significant problems.  For added peace of mind, we often recommend that pets receive a routine parasite preventive such as found in many monthly flea and heartworm products.

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