INTESTINAL PARASITE INFORMATION
If you have recently adopted a new pet, or if we have diagnosed your pet with an intestinal parasite, you probably have lots of questions. We are providing some links to some great information about intestinal parasites.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council is made up of the best experts in the country on parasites pets and people. Veterinarians, parasitologists, pediatricians, MDs, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) make up this council. Click on their link to get connected to their recommendations on pet parasites or visit the CAPC pet owner website at Pets and Parasites.org.
At Deer Run Animal Hospital we use one of the best methods for intestinal parasite detection called Zinc Sulfate Centrifugation. It is preformed by our national reference laboratory, Antech Diagnostics. Click for Antech's Intestinal Parasite Awareness Brochure and for Actionable Steps Pet Owners Should Take to Prevent Parasites
Below are links to handouts from the Veterinary Information Network's (VIN) Veterinary Partner Pet Library and other resources about the individual intestinal parasites we commonly diagnose in our patients.
Internal Parasites in Cats & Dogs
Video: A humerous look at Roundworms in Dogs
Roundworms: Dogs and Puppies
Roundworms: Cats and Kittens
What are Roundworms and Why Should I Care?
CAPC Dog Owner Info on Roundworms
CAPC Cat Owner Info on Roundworms
CAPC In depth info on Roundworms
CAPC Dog Owner Info on Hookworms
CAPC Cat Owner Info on Hookworms
CAPC In depth Info on Hookworms
CAPC Owner Info on Whipworms
CAPC In depth Info on Whipworms
VIDEO: A Humerous look at the nasty Tapeworm!
CAPC Tapeworm Brochure
CAPC Dog Owner Info on Coccidia
CAPC Cat Owner Info on Coccidia
CAPC In depth Info on Coccidia
Giardia and Giardiasis
CAPC Giardias, Dogs, Cats and People Handout
In Depth Info on Giardia Info from the Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC)
Giardia Information Sheet from the Worms & Germs Blog
Video: Giardia is a Threat to Dogs, Cats, & People
Parasites, Pets, & Kids
Puppies and Kittens should have at least 2-4 fecal exams their first year. Adult pets feces should be examined every 6-12 months for intestinal parasites, even if they are primarily indoors. Fecal samples should also be checked if you pet is having diarrhea, or has unexplained weight loss.
At Deer Run Animal Hospital, we utilize one of the most accurate fecal examination protocols. This procedure is called Zinc Sulfate Centrifugation. This test has been proven to more accurately diagnose parasites than standard fecal flotation methods. Even with this technique it is possible to miss a diagnosis of intestinal parasitism. If parasites are strongly suspected, a strategic deworming protocol may be recommended to rule out parasites even if the zinc sulfate centrifugation test does not reveal any parasites. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends all puppies and kittens, and newly adopted pets receive strategic deworming.
What about "Storage" or Food or Grain Mites? Occasionally we will get a zinc sulfate centrifugation fecal result that indicates that a grain or "storage" mite was found in the fecal material. Are these mites a problem for the pet? In most cases, no. These microscopic mites can be found in some dry foods that are old, or exposed to heat and humidity. For most pets they are simply swallowed with the food and pass out uneventfully in the pet's feces. They are not considered true parasites. However in a few pets, they may cause allergic reactions that may cause itchy skin. To learn how to prevent the development of grain or storage mites in your pet's foods follow the suggestions in this link on Storage Mites.