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30% OFF IDEXX Fecal Dx Antigen Testing with a Giardia Check

This month, we are offering our IDEXX Fecal Testing with A Giardia Check for a very low price of $31.50! Detect more hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm infections, even when eggs aren’t present!

How often does my pet need a fecal test to check for parasites?

Fecal testing is recommended every 6 months but most only have it checked once a year at their annual check up.

Why does my pet need a fecal test?

This test is for both cats and dogs, and especially those who spend a lot of time outdoors. It’s extremely important to do fecal checks because a majority of all parasitic infections in dogs/cats are zoonotic which means humans can get them.

This is even more important in house holds that have children because we know how kids love to put things in their mouths and or aren’t washing their hands.

What types of parasites are contagious to humans?

  • Roundworms (Ascarids) can be transmitted to people and can result in visceral larval migrans and blindness caused by ocular larval migrans.
  • Hookworms are very dangerous for your pet if left untreated. If transmitted to a human it can cause a skin condition called cutaneous larval migrans or creeping eruption.
  • Whipworms are small and skinny worms that live in the large intestine and of dogs. However, it is extremely rare in North American cats. Dogs acquire them by ingesting eggs from contaminated soil/feces and if left untreated are life threatening.
  • Giardia is an organism that attacks the intestines of dogs and cats. It can also infect humans. Pets/people are infected by ingesting the cyst form of this organism from contaminated food and water. This parasite can only be diagnosed through a microscopic exam by your pets veterinarian. Treatment can be difficult, as there is a high degree of re-contamination of the patient and resistance to several drugs. Giving your pet a bath is highly recommended during treatment to help prevent reinfection due to your pet licking its cysts.

How do I reduce the risk of my pet contracting a parasite infection?

  • Visit Partridge Animal Hospital often with your pet for their regular fecal exams
  • Use a preventative flea and/or tick treatment year-round (be sure to talk with Partridge Animal Hospital to ensure you are giving your pet the best preventative.)
  • Restricting access to contaminated areas, such as playgrounds, pet “walk areas,” and other high-traffic areas specifically in the outdoors.
  • Practicing good personal hygiene in the house, especially if you have kids.
  • Throwing out your pet’s feces on a regular basis can help remove potentially infective worm eggs before they spread throughout a particular environment.
Scout the dog

Check out Scout’s journey here from the point he was diagnosed with Hookworm even with the very little symptoms he had, through his recovery process. We can detect 2x more parasitic infections in dogs that appear healthy with IDEXX Fecal Dx Antigen Testing!

Call Partridge Animal Hospital today and book your pets appointment (727) 526 8700.

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