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Posted by petemergencyclinic on November 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM


Dear Fellow Pet Lovers,


Recently, I have treated a few pets that were in becaiuse the owners were seeing worms in the stool.


So I thought I would give you a review of worms that you can see in the stool of a dog or a cat.


There are generally 2 types of worms you will see in the stool, These are the roundworm (looks like spaghetti) and the tapeworm (looks like a rice granule.) [If you ever study pathology, you will see that so many conditions are described in terms of what food the condition looks like]


The roundworm is a very common worm in puppies, and you may see it in the stool. The good news is that roundworms are not generally deadly. The bad news is that , where there are roundworms, there are often more severe worms. So, if your small puppy's stool is showing roundworms and the pet looks sick in the least, get it in to handle. These are usually easily handled and the prognosis is good.


The tapeworm that you see is usually a single segment of a worm with a head and dozens of segments (the segments look like an old fashioned measuring tape- hence the name). Tapeworms are not usually very dangerous and they are acquired by swallowing a flea. They are not hard to treat, but you most treat them specifically, since most general dewormers will not get them.


Both tapeworms and roundworms are what we call zoonotic diseases. That is, they are diseases that can potentially affect a human. So a few precautions are in order as follows:


Remove pet feces from the yard, since roundworms are acquired in humans by swallowing the eggs.

Have everybody wash hands before eating for the above reason.

(You will NOT get roundworms from playing with an infected pet, since the eggs must sit on the ground for some time before becoming infective)


Treat fleas on your pet and in your home to avoid tapeworms. For a human to get the tapeworms, the human must swallow a flea, just like the pet. This actually occasionally happens with babies, who are dewormed almost exactly as a pet would be.


See your home DVM regularly for preventive care and testing


There are lots of possible worms, and lots of possible zoonotic diseases, but the above describes 2 worms that people often SEE in the pet.



You CAN do something about pet illness.


That is all.



Dr. John Emerson, Pet Emergency Clinic

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