Stool Samples – Why Are They Important?

We get it – collecting and bringing in a fecal sample is not fun. But here’s why it’s important. When you bring in your stool samples, we process it and check for microscopic parasites or parasite eggs. Unfortunately, some intestinal parasites found commonly in dogs and cats can also infect humans. Children, the elderly, or people who are immunosuppressed are especially at risk. In humans, the larva of these parasites travel through the body and may cause serious illness, including blindness.

The Bigger Picture

In the United States roundworms infect three to six million people each year. In some areas tests have shown parasite exposure in almost a quarter of the population. A recent study in Halifax showed that over 25% of school children had antibodies indicating exposure to roundworms.

Even pets that don’t leave the house can carry immature forms of parasites they had as puppies or kittens. They can also become infected from eggs that come in on shoes or potting soil. There are plenty of chances for your outdoor pet to pick something up. A good prevention program, including fecal exams and regular deworming (at least 4 times per year), can help keep both you and your furry companions healthy.

According to the results of a study done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 14% of the U.S. population is infected with Toxocara, or internal roundworms, contracted from dogs and cats. We recommend deworming your pets a minimum of four times yearly, and running a fecal test at their yearly exams.

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