Annual Fecal Exams are Essential to Screen Your Pet for Parasites
Fecal exams allow us to check your pet for intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites are a major cause of morbidity in pets and also a concern for people because some infectinons can be transmitted from pets to people.
What is toxocariasis?
Toxocariasis is an infection transmitted from animals to humans (zoonosis) caused by the parasitic roundworms commonly found in the intestine of dogs (Toxocara canis) and cats (T. cati).
Who is at risk for toxocariasis?
Anyone can become infected with Toxocara. Young children and owners of dogs or cats have a higher chance of becoming infected.
Approximately 13.9% of the U.S. population has antibodies to Toxocara. This suggests that tens of millions of Americans may have been exposed to the Toxocara parasite.
How can I get toxocariasis?
Dogs and cats that are infected with Toxocara can shed Toxocara eggs in their feces. You or your children can become infected by accidentally swallowing dirt that has been contaminated with dog or cat feces that contain infectious Toxocara eggs.
What do Fecal Exams Detect?
Fecals enable veterinarians to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as
Since intestinal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are usually hidden from view. Unlike external parasites like fleas and ticks, most intestinal parasites are never seen. The only way to detect the presence of intestinal parasites and identify them is by doing a fecal exam.
How do I prevent toxocariasis?
Take your pets to ABC Veterinary Hospital to prevent infection with Toxocara. Our veterinarians can recommend a testing and treatment plan for deworming. Schedule Appointment
Wash your hands with soap and water after playing with your pets or other animals, after outdoor activities, and before handling food.
Teach children the importance of washing hands to prevent infection.
Do not allow children to play in areas that are soiled with pet or other animal feces.
Clean your pet's living area at least once a week. Feces should be either buried or bagged and disposed of in the trash. Wash your hands after handling pet waste.
Teach children that it is dangerous to eat dirt or soil.
Dr. Barry Neichin
Chief of Staff
ABC Veterinary Hospital
San Marcos CA
When he's not busy with his duties at the hospital, Dr. Neichin can be found outside, either on the trails hiking and camping or in the water snorkeling and skin diving, as well as spending time with his two children. His family also includes Tonka, a Golden Retriever; Leo, a miniature Golden Doodle; Cosmo, a Siamese, and Ruffles, a rabbit. More about Dr. Neichin -->