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You likely get a reminder from your friendly veterinarary office reminding you to bring in a fecal sample from your pet every 6 months. It's very important that you do so, but you might wonder why we're so interested in poop around here? Please believe us when we say we don't like fecal matter any more than you do but we understand fecal testing is an important part of keeping your furry family member healthy. Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control recommend fecal testing on family pets every 6 months. Here's why:
1. Some of the most common worms found in pets are roundworms. These parasites are often carried by wild animals, including raccoons and neighborhood cats. Just strolling through the yard can be enough to bring the eggs inside on dog's paws or the bottom of your shoes. This can put indoor-only cats at risk as well.
2. Fleas and rodents also carry parasite eggs. Dogs and cats can get tapeworms from either eating rodents (ex. mice, chipmunks etc) or accidently ingesting fleas while grooming.
3. Wildlife are commonly passing through yards and many of our clients have homes that border woods and fields. When wild animals urinate or defecate in water supplies, they can deposit parasites that our pets are prone to contracting. For example, when dogs and cats drink from bird baths, mud puddles, ponds or streams, they can be at risk for getting a microscoptic intestinal parasite caused Giarida.
So no matter if your pet is indoor only or running outdoors a lot, they can be exposed to common parasites. Some of these parasites are contagious to you, a family member or other pets so its doubly important to catch them early. All dogs should be on a heartworm preventative. These monthly medications prevent heartworms but also deworm against some intestinal parasites as well. However, no heartworm preventation treats all the different parasites possible, so twice annual fecals are still recommended. And if your pet is at very high risk for parasites, including cats that that are active hunters and dogs that love to eat deer and rabbit poop, it would be a good idea to have a fecal checked every 4 months. Hopefully you're now just as passionate about poop as we are!
For more great information on Pet care. Please check out the following sites
Before you decide to purchase your pet's medications from an online pharmacy, visit this site http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm048164.htmClient education video: How to brush a pet's teeth
Caring for Your Pets, Like Family
Our goal at Newville Animal Hospital is to provide exceptional quality veterinary medicine along with compassionate care for all our patients and their families. We endeavor to operate our animal hospitals in an ethical manner, combining reliable, accommodating service with preventative, progressive medical practices for the overall good health of our animal patients. We feel that our clients should be able to play an active role in their pets’ health care decisions.
Our staff is committed to constant learning through continuing education opportunities. We will take care of your pets as if they were our own from the first puppy and kitten visits to the care throughout their mature years.
For our patients’ emergencies and urgent care after normal business hours, we would recommend contacting one of the following facilities.
Rossmoyne Animal Emergency & Trauma Center
Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Animal Emergency Center of Mechanicsburg
Hours of Operation: Weekdays
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