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Why a Fecal Exam?

At American we test your pet’s fecal matter to determine if they have little unwanted “friends” in their tummy.  Sounds yucky?

It may be, but it is an important part in your pets overall health.  The Companion Animal Parasite Councilrecommends a pet’s feces be tested 3-4 times the first year of life and 1-2 times per year thereafter.

What are we looking for when we test?   The list includes nematodes, tapeworms, hookworms, whipworms and intestinal protozoa like coccidian or giardia.

How does your pet get unwanted “friends” in their tummy?  This depends upon the “friend”.  Some parasites are passed on to puppies and kittens in uterus before they are born.  This is why it is very important to treat kittens and puppies with deworming medication early.  The dewormer prevents unwanted “friends” from munching all the puppy’s and kitten’s nutrients, so your pet can thrive.  Signs of parasites may include poor weight gain, a pot belly appearance and a poor hair coat.  If left untreated, death could ensue as a result of starvation.

In adult dogs or cats, parasites can come by ingesting eggs from infected soil.  Depending on the parasite, they may also pick up eggs from other hosts such as birds, rodents or cockroaches.  If you’re saying , “but my cat doesn’t go outside”.  Your cat may not go outside, but rodents and bugs do come in.  Do you know what your kitty does every moment of the day?  Perhaps while you are sleeping, your cat could be having a midnight snack with his new foundtoy.  By morning, the new toy is gone and kitty is innocently napping on your sofa.

Products are available for intestinal parasite control, but no product is 100% effective.  That is why periodic fecal testing is so important for your pets overall health.  Check out the Companion Animal Parasite Council for additional information.  If you have questions or to schedule a fecal test, please feel free to call us at 725-8522.

 

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