It’s important to pick up after your dog for community health, and because it’s the neighborly thing to do. Also, every now and then your veterinarian will want a sample of what you pick up. Now, that isn’t because vets have an odd fascination with poop. Well, maybe it is, but here’s why. The stool could potentially have hidden nasty parasites. This is important for your dog’s health and for the health of the humans in your community, because some of the parasites can even potentially be harmful to us.
There’s a new and more accurate way to access for hookworm, roundworm, and whipworm in dogs and cats. It’s called the fecal antigen test. This test can discover the worms earlier, which means treatment is more effective and can begin earlier.