parasite testing (dog and cat).pdf
The staff of Ellington Center Animal Clinic takes parasite infections and zoonotic disease transmission very seriously.
We STRONGLY recommend annual parasite testing for your pet and a year-round monthly prevention program.
ROUNDWORMS: This parasite is very common in our pet population and is also a human health concern. Signs of a roundworm infection may include diarrhea, vomiting, slow growth, rough coat and a distended belly. Some pets may have no symptoms or signs of infection. Infections are contracted from pets ingesting contaminated stool samples or hunting wildlife. A roundworm infection in humans can result in blindness.
HOOKWORMS: This parasite is a thread-like, bloodsucking parasite with razor-sharp mouth parts that attach to your pet’s small intestine. Tissue damage, blood loss, anemia, and diarrhea may result. Hookworms can infect your pet in two ways: 1) ingesting eggs deposited in the soil from an infected animal or 2) Hookworm larvae may penetrate your pet’s feet after a walk through a contaminated area. Hookworms can present a health risk to family members if the larvae come in contact with the skin.
TAPEWORMS: This parasite is very common in our pet population. Tapeworm infections normally occur when your pet ingests fleas while grooming or by ingesting mice that are infected with the tapeworm larvae. Tapeworms do not generally cause any outward signs of disease. An infection may cause your pet to sit down and drag along the ground.
WHIPWORMS: This infestation occurs when your pet swallows whipworm eggs found in contaminated soil. Whipworm infection causes bloody diarrhea, anemia, dehydration and loss of appetite. A female whipworm can produce 2,000 eggs daily. Eggs are passed in animals’ feces, and can survive for YEARS in the soil. Whipworms are very difficult to eradicate.
GIARDIA: Giardia are a microscopic single-celled organism that can live in the small intestine. Giardia can be contracted by drinking contaminated water from streams and ponds. For your dog, just one lap of contaminated water is all it takes to contract giardia. Pets may also become infected by eating the stool of infected animals or by licking their paws/fur after walking through an infected area.
To prevent heartworm disease and intestinal parasites, use a monthly medication such as Heartgard Plus® or Sentinel® or Revolution®. Use these products year-round to guarantee excellent prevention and control of parasites.