Could your pet be secretly harbouring an intestinal parasite infection?
It is very possible that the answer to this question is yes. How do we know? Well, we don’t. But we are now able to offer faecal tests in house at our Hexham surgery. Why is this a good thing? Let us explain.
Various intestinal parasites can infect dogs and cats even when using an intestinal parasite preventative, pets can still become infected due to:
Intestinal parasites can be transmitted to you whenever you come
into contact with your pet’s faeces
– Some intestinal parasites (like roundworms and Giardia) are
zoonotic and have the potential to also infect and cause disease in pet owners
Symptoms of intestinal parasitic infection in pets can
include diarrhoea, weight loss and anaemia2
– Remember that infected pets may not always show symptoms
Regular diagnostic testing and parasite preventatives are needed
as part of your pet’s annual heath exam to identify an intestinal
parasite infection and provide the best possible preventative care
Poor compliance with preventatives
– For many pets, deworming is recommended monthly, but
often pets only receive treatments per year on average
– Acquiring a parasitic infection between doses of
preventatives particularly if worming treatment is carried
Some intestinal parasites such as Giardia may require specific
medications to treat the infection successfully
Individual pet and lifestyle factors
We can quickly and accurately detect intestinal parasites in your pet.
With our faecal tests we can work together to:
Be proactive about your pet’s health
Receive your pet’s test results during your visit
Decide on the course of treatment or preventative plan before leaving the clinic
Give us a call on 01434 607677 for more information and to arrange an appointment.