Did Someone Say Worms?

Stool parasites (Worms, Giardia and Microbes) can secretly live in your pet’s gut and make them sick if untreated. They are common throughout the U.S. and some can harm people.

For decades pet stool tests were only available at the vet. Today it’s easy to just stool test through the mail. No vet visit or prescription is necessary.

Why Stool Test? Meet Winnie

  • 1 year old Shih Tzu
  • Lives near Buffalo, NY
  • Normal stools
  • No abnormal health signs
  • Yearly fecal test due
  • Purchased ClueJay Dog Stool Test Level 3 (most comprehensive test) on Amazon
  • Results: Strongyloides stercoralis rhabditiform larvae (type of roundworm that can infect dogs and people)
  • Parasite pictured from her stool sample (included on report)
  • Purchased safe-guard canine dewormer on Amazon to treat
  • Pet owner to inform physician of result
  • Retest 3-4 weeks after treatment

Why Stool Test? Meet Layla

  • 13 mo. old long-hair cat
  • Lives in Columbus, Ohio, and doesn’t go outdoors
  • Soft stool on/off for several months; No other signs
  • Purchased ClueJay Cat Stool Test Level 1 (screens for worms) from Amazon
  • Results: Roundworms (can infect cats and people).
  • Worm egg pictured from her stool sample (included on report)
  • Shared report with vet who prescribed treatment to Layla and her cat sister
  • Retest 3-4 weeks after treatment
  • Owner review: 5.0 out of 5 stars “Super simple and easy to use!”

Test To Protect Your Pet

from these common stool parasites:

  • ROUNDWORMS (Dogs; Cats) look like “spaghetti” and pass through the mom’s milk to puppies and kittens. Open roundworm quick facts for Dogs; Cats.
  • HOOKWORMS (Dogs; Cats) cause malnutrition and mild to severe blood loss into the intestines.
  • TAPEWORMS (Dogs; Cats) from fleas may be seen as “rice” wiggling under the tail!
  • WHIPWORMS (Dogs; Cats) can cause bloody diarrhea and remain infective for years in soil of yards, parks, or kennels.
  • COCCIDIA (Dogs; Cats) are protozoa that cause diarrhea, especially in young pets.
  • GIARDIA (Dogs; Cats) widespread cause of soft stools and diarrhea.

Watch For Signs Of Worms

DID YOU KNOW that pets often carry parasites without showing any signs!

This is why 2x/year stool testing of healthy pets even with normal stools is so important.

Common Signs

  • Excessive gas
  • Blood in stool
  • Diarrhea
  • Dark stool (black or tar-like)
  • Mucus on or around stool
  • Straining or constipation
  • Stool accidents
  • Passing stool more often
  • “Rice” or “spaghetti” in stool

Less Common Signs

  • Coughing
  • Vomiting
  • Low energy
  • Weight loss
  • Dull coat
  • Change in appetite
  • Pot-bellied appearance
  • Licking, biting under tail
  • Itching and signs of skin irritations
  • Scooting

Which Stool Test?

If In Doubt, Use LEVEL 2

Stool Test Level 2 will cover standard stool test requirements for vets and kennels. See “Which Stool Test” for more advice.

Level 1: Worms is used mostly for normal stools (Dogs; Cats)

Level 2: Worms + Giardia is used for normal or abnormal stools. It is the most commonly performed stool test. (Dogs; Cats)

Level 3: Worms + Giardia + Microbes is used mostly for abnormal stools (Dogs; Cats)

Test To Protect Your Family

…from pet parasites that harm people, making stool testing even more important. Examples:

  • ROUNDWORMS (Dogs; Cats) can cause eye, lung, heart, or other problems in humans. Children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with poor immune systems are at high risk.
  • HOOKWORMS (Dogs; Cats) can burrow through human skin (feet most commonly), causing inflammation and irritation.
  • SALMONELLA (Dogs; Cats), CAMPYLOBACTER (Dogs; Cats), and LISTERIA (Dogs; Cats) are food-borne microbes that cause diarrhea and vomiting in people without always making pets sick. Raw food diets increase risk.
  • TOXOPLASMA (Cats) microbe infections (“Toxo”) in unexposed pregnant women can be dangerous to the unborn child.

When To Stool Test?

Vets advise stool testing 2x/year for dogs and cats, 4x/year for puppies and kittens, and whenever stools look abnormal.

Veterinary stool test guidelines are based on CAPC (Companion Animal Parasite Council).

CAPC experts analyze the most trusted science to advise vets and owners on how to best protect pets and people from harmful parasites.

My Pet Is Positive!

This happens a lot, so don’t feel alone. Share the report with your local or virtual vet or use our Learning Center to understand test results and take the next steps.

Most parasites are easily treated with “deworming” meds purchased over-the-counter or through a vet. It’s better to detect and treat early versus waiting until your pet (or family member) gets sick.

Your Pet Will Thank You!

Pets need to go to the vet, but there’s nothing wrong with avoiding a visit when stool testing can be done so simply by mail.

You can even purchase and keep the test kit until your pet needs it, then activate it online with lab fee and ship the sample.

Share the test results with your vet or kennel. It’s really that easy!