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
    out infrequently
  •  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.

  • Hookworm
  • Whipworm
  • Roundworm
  • Giardia
  • Tapeworm

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.