It's one of more gross things to think about, but it's true- parasites, like worms, can live in your pet's intestines. We recommend testing all dogs annually for parasites, Puppies should be dewormed multiple times as well as have testings -it's quite common for puppies to have parasites passed down from their mom. Many of the parasites are microscopic, and can't be seen with the naked eye.
Some parasites are zoonotic- meaning they can be passed to humans. This is seen more commonly in children who are playing in the dirt and playing with their family pets, and not washing their hands regularly. It's strongly recommended to perform pet parasite screenings in families with children.
The most common parasites found in fecal testing are roundworms, whipworms, hookworms, coccidia, and giardia. The parasites can sometimes live happily without causing your pet symptoms, and other times cause severe illness. Diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, anemia, and changes to appetite are common symptoms of intestinal parasites.
Treatment for intestinal parasites includes a series of dewormings- typically one every 2-3 weeks until the fecal testing comes back negative. It's easy for a pet to re-infect themself if they like to lick or eat dirt or feces. The deworming treatment comes in a variety of types, depending on the type of parasite. Oral heartworm prevention will treat many intestinal parasites!
Fuzzy includes a fecal test with membership to make sure your pet isn't harboring any creepy-crawlies. The testing checks for over 200 various parasites that could affect your furry friend! The test requires a small amount of feces, sent to a laboratory, and typically has results back in 2-3 days.