Q. How do I know if my has an intestinal parasite?
DANA KOCH, VMD, MLAS
A. There are several types of intestinal parasites that are often in the feces of our dogs and cats. Several of these include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms and giardia.
To verify which type of parasite you are actually seeing in your pet’s feces you can collect a stool sample and submit it to your veterinarian for evaluation. Then your veterinarian can prescribe an appropriate dewormer that will be more effective than over-the-counter deworming medications.
The worms are usually removed from your pet’s system with one treatment, but if there is a high worm burden it may need to be repeated based on fecal testing results.