Some may have been acquired from their mother and some from their environment. Wild life can leave parasite eggs in the dirt or on our lawns and pets often pick these up while licking their feet or their fur after a fun time rolling in the grass. Sometimes parasites are not easily evident or visible this is why it is very important to have your pet examined as soon as possible and to have a fresh stool sample tested.
We empathize; it isn’t fun to be asked to bring in a stool sample! We do try to emphasize though that protecting your pet by addressing parasites is important for our clients’ well being as well as their pets. Many intestinal parasites such as roundworms are a hazard not only to pets but to humans also, especially young children. Thousands of people get parasites from their pets each year and in some situations some suffer permanent health issues as a result.