Parasites

We found these eggs in a fecal sample. Can you name the worm and if it came from a dog or cat? (the answer is at the end of the post):

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Summertime is a good time to check a fecal sample on your pets. They are outside more and are exposed to a few different types of worms. Dogs are often exposed by eating the feces of other animals, like fox or coyote, during their hikes in the woods. Cats are more likely to get worms from hunting. Treatment usually means a couple of doses of dewormer three weeks apart. Dewormer is also incorporated into some flea and/or heartworm preventative medications so you can do both at once. Certain worm eggs can live in the environment so pets can keep getting reinfected as long as they are in that area. Here are two different worm eggs we can pick up on a fecal. We use a special solution to separate eggs from fecal matter to be able to see them through a microscope. Worm eggs cannot be seen with the naked eye and one rarely sees the adult worms, they spend their time inside the pet and only shed their eggs.

The first picture is hookworm. This can be found in dogs and cats.

The second picture is whipworm. This is only found in dogs.

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