Intestinal Parasite Testing Lots of pets have them, though you will not always see them in the stool
A common mistake is for a client to think that if their pet has normal feces and if no worms are seen, then there are no parasites, however microscopic analysis of your pet's feces is necessary for an accurate diagnosis. It is for this reason that we ask for a stool sample at your pet's annual (or semi-annual) visit. Early detection of parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms is vital to successful treatment. Some of the symptoms of parasitic illness include: diarrhea, decreased appetite, poor hair coat, vomiting and weight loss or "pot belly". The presence of these symptoms is neither a confirmation nor indication of a parasitic infection. The only way diagnosis can be made is through Intestinal Parasite Testing (IPT), and at that point an appropriate treatment or preventive program can be prescribed.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (www.capcvet.org) recommends the following IPT schedule: Puppies and Kittens: 2-4 times/year