“Whoopie Doopie” Happens

“Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there, and just because it is there doesn’t mean we will see it”; a phrase often used when we are talking about internal parasites to our clients.

Although some parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms may be visible in the stool or in the hair around the rectum, other parasites such as hookworms, whipworms, giardia, and coccidia are not visible. When you bring your pet’s stool sample in, it is sent off to a lab and examined under a microscope in search of eggs. This is where the “we may not see it” comes in. Parasites are cyclic shedders. The sample collected may not have eggs in it (not shedding now) or when collecting a fecal sample, the area where the fecal was collected did not have eggs. A sample is just that .. a sample. Therefore, we recommend that puppies and kittens have at least three stool sample checks one month apart and adult pets be checked at least once every 6 months.

A pet with parasites may exhibit no symptoms at all to varying symptoms ranging from unkempt appearance with poor hair coat and low body weight to lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and even death if parasite load is heavy enough. To make matters even worse, some of these parasites are zoonotic, meaning you and your family could possibly become infected.

So, as the old saying goes, “Whoopie Doopie” happens and when it does, collect a sample (using gloves, of course) and bring it in!

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Roundworm                                                        Tapeworm Segments

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Whipworm (Under Microscope)              Giardia Trophozoite (Microscope)

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Coccidia (Micrcoscope)


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