Dog parasite is developing resistance to treatments

University of Georgia; By Leigh Beeson; September 20th, 2021

“Hookworms have evolved to evade all FDA approved medications veterinarians use to kill them. Right now, U.S. veterinarians rely on three types of drugs to kill the hookworms, but the parasites appear to becoming resistant to all of them. Researchers from the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine first reported this concerning development in 2019, and new research, published recently in the International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance, provides deeper insight into where the problem started and how bad it’s since become.” Read more

ClueJay & Mella Pet Care Podcast

By Daniella Morgan-Pascualvaca; Mella Pet Care; 8/25/2021

“Dennis Chmiel from ClueJay joins Mella Pet Care to discuss the future of pet wellness and illness diagnostics and how you, as a pet parent, can help your pet from the comfort of your own home before even going to the vet.”

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Keep Zoonotic Parasites On Your Radar

By Mary Fuller, DVM; DVM360; June 30, 2021

“As pets become more firmly embedded, they’re living in closer proximity to their human counterparts, making it easier for inadvertent transmission of zoonotic parasites to occur. For the millions of people in the US with compromised immune systems, zoonotic parasite infections can potentially be fatal. Given that 30% to 40% of these patients live with companion animals, this poses a significant risk.” Read more

Parasites in pets: Understanding prevalence and perception

By Lisa Lippman, DVM; May 25, 2021

“Internal parasites are incredibly common in both cats and dogs. Because of their relative ease of transmission and high rate of occurrence, the vast majority of dogs will contract a parasitic infection during their lifetime. Although treatment with parasiticides is reasonably simple and straightforward, many pet owners are unaware of how common these infections are. If left untreated and allowed to progress, these infections can create health issues such as anemiaor failure to gain weight2, and some pose a risk of zoonosis.3Read more

“When Pups Eat Dirt and Other Bizarre Things: Dealing With Pica in Dogs

By Stephanie Weaver; May 7, 2021

“Have you ever caught your dog dining on dirt, chewing on carpet or gnawing on socks? While you might find your pooch’s consumption choices weird or disgusting, this behavior can be downright dangerous.” Read more

Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Fecal Examinations

By Byron Blagburn MS, PHD (

“A “fecal” may seem like one of the more humble tasks performed in a veterinary hospital. That does not diminish the importance of this examination, which can provide valuable information on the health status of veterinary patients. Parasite diagnosis and monitoring are vital to pet health and the health of pet owners, given the zoonotic potential of many parasites.” Read more

Ground Beef and Performance Dog Raw Pet Food Recalled For Pathogens

By Linda Larsen; March 2021

“Bravo Packing of Carneys Point, New Jersey is recalling all Ground Beef and Performance Dog, which is a frozen raw pet food, because it may be contaminated with the pathogens Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. Both pathogens can cause serious illness in animals eating the products and in humans who handle contaminated pet products.” Read more

What Your Dog’s Poop Says About His Health?

By Stephanie Weaver; February 26th, 2021

“As a pooch parent, dealing with your dog’s poop just comes with the territory. Picking up after your pup is not only about being a responsible dog parent, but it is also an opportunity to glean some very intimate insights into your dog’s health.

“Your dog’s poop is a measure of health. It’s just like looking at urine or blood in a physical exam,” says Dr. Dennis Chmiel, DVM, MBA, and founder of ClueJay, a fecal testing product. “It’s evidence that helps provide health clues to digestive function.” Read more

Why Stool Test Your Cat?

By ClueJay – As Seen On KitNipBox; January 2021

“Stool (fecal) testing is crucial for your cat’s health. Parasites like roundworms and Giardia can cause digestive upset and other illnesses in cats, and some can even be transmitted from cats to people. This is especially important for children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Did you know that parasite infections often have no symptoms in cats? So the only way to know is to test routinely (twice yearly).” Read more

Do You Recommend A Stool Test For My Dog Who Is On A Raw Food Diet?

By ClueJay – As Seen On Healthcareforpets; December 2020

“You should consider a stool test because raw dog food (like under cooked meat or unwashed vegetables) can be contaminated with some pretty scary bacteria. The most concerning are Salmonella and Campylobacter. In dogs these bacteria can cause mild to severe digestive upset, most commonly loose or watery diarrhea, with or without vomiting, fever, abdominal pain, decreased energy level, and loss of appetite.” Read more

Diseases You Can Catch from Your Dog – and Vice Versa

By Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

“Diseases that can be transmitted between animals and people are termed “zoonotic,” and their danger is ever-present. By some estimates, six out of every 10 infectious diseases in people are caused by exposure to animals who themselves were exposed to parasites, fungi, bacteria, and viruses. And some parts of the world, including the northeastern United States, have been called areas of “emerging zoonoses,” that is, areas where more diseases are being transmitted between species, according to the journal Nature.” Read more

Monitor Your Pet’s Health From The Comfort Of Your Home

By Amber LaRock; December 2020

“Our canine companions are the light of our life, and we will do anything to keep them as healthy as possible. While having a plan of action when they are sick is helpful, preventative care can be an even better line of defense. So how can you offer your pet the best protection with prevention? Let’s introduce you to a company who is making it easy!” Read more

Why Stool Test My Dog: Did Someone Say Worms?

By Tamara Smoot; November 18th, 2020

“I have said it before and I will say it again, 2020 HAS BEEN RUFF! But in the midst of it all, we still have to care fur our loved ones, our four-legged forever snuggle buddy. When COVID-19 first took us all by surprise and businesses were closing, some for good, we never imagined our dogs (or any pet) could be left without proper care or a simple stool test when something doesn’t seem right.” Read more…

Raw Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella Risk

By Food Safety News; November 17th, 2020

“Albright’s Raw Dog Food is recalling 67 cases of “Chicken Recipe for Dogs” because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. There is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. Distributed in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee and product was distributed through retail stores, mail order, and direct delivery.” Read More… and/or Test your dog for Salmonella now!

New Top 10 Cities For Pet Roundworms

By The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC); November 2020

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Who Wants Your Fur Kid’s Poo?? – ClueJay Does !!!!

By Dr. Mari Delaney; Oct 18, 2020

You Mean We Can Get Worms?!?!

“For folks who want to stay on top of their pet’s health and find it difficult or in this time of Coronavirus, just do not want to go out. Cluejay has you covered with an excellent easy to use testing kit!!” Read More..

Hampton, Virginia, Ranked Top Roundworm City For September

By The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC); Oct 16th, 2020

“The recent outbreak of COVID-19, with its animal origin, has made people acutely aware of the close relationship between animal and human health—and the need to regularly monitor disease at the local level,” says CAPC’s chief executive officer, Chris Carpenter, DVM.” Read More…

Study Finds Parasites Common In Dog Parks

By Greg Cima; Sept 16, 2020

“Dr. Susan E. Little, who is a parasitology professor in the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine, described results of a study by Oklahoma State and Idexx that identified parasites in feces collected from 85% of parks visited across the U.S… Hookworms, whipworms, and Giardia species were the most common among the dogs in dog parks in the new study, although some were infected with roundworms, coccidia, or tapeworms.” Read more…

What Does Your Dog’s Poop Tell You?

By Tamara Smoot; Aug 26, 2020

“The first step to identifying an underlying condition from your dog’s poop is to have an idea of what’s normal. To do that, you might need to regularly monitor your pup’s potty habits so you can increase your chances of spotting any sudden change.” Read more…

Augusta-Richmond, Georgia, Ranked Top Hookworm City For July

By The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC); Aug 18th, 2020

“Cities in California, South Dakota, and Iowa are among the metro areas with the highest jump in positive cases in July. This is according to the group’s monthly Top 10 Cities Hookworm Report, which warns pet owners, veterinarians, and pet-related service providers of U.S. metropolitan areas with the highest percentage increase in positive hookworm tests from the last 30 days.” Read more…

How to Cut Down on Vet Visits Without Compromising Your Pets Health

By Thirty Something Super Mom; June 30, 2020

“As a pet owner and a vet tech, I have seen my fair share of vet bills get out of hand. I know how fast medical bills for pets can add up and that is especially true when it comes to all of the tests our pets need…Saving some money on vet visits and not having to take your pet in for a check-up constantly is a pet owner’s dream. Thanks to ClueJay, that dream has now come true!” Read More…