Your practice is the first line of defense against intestinal parasitic infections

Parasite prevalence

Routine monitoring and accurate parasite detection are critical to pet health

Research indicates that intestinal parasites remain prevalent in pets despite the variety of medications available1,2

In dogs, three of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites are3:

Hookworm in dogs



Roundworm in dogs



Whipworm in dogs



High definition images are from VETSCAN IMAGYSTTM.

In cats, two of the most frequently diagnosed intestinal parasites are4:

Roundworm in cats



Hookworm in cats



High definition images are from VETSCAN IMAGYSTTM.

Testing guidelines

Protect the health of pets with accurate and timely detection

Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends testing for intestinal parasites at least four times in the first year of life and at least two times per year in adult dogs and cats5

  • Hookworms and roundworms hold the zoonotic potential to impact the health of pet owners6,7
  • Infected pets could contaminate the environment with these potentially zoonotic parasites8
Hookworm and roundworm images

High definition images are from VETSCAN IMAGYST.

Current shortcomings

Fecal centrifugation is the method of choice by veterinary parasitologists for concentration of parasitic eggs in feces

This process is complex and results can vary. The consistency of results can be influenced by9:

Level of training


Level of staff training



Time spent practicing, preparing and reading fecal results

Shortened time


Truncated time preparing the sample or reading results due to other responsibilities in the practice

Up to half of infected dogs can go undetected

by passive fecal flotation examinations done in private practice due to technician error or limitations of the passive flotation technique10

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References: 1. Jimenez Castro PD, Howell SB, Schaefer JJ, et al. Multiple drug resistance in the canine hookworm Ancylostoma caninum: an emerging threat? Parasites Vectors. 2019;12(1):576. doi:10.1186/s13071-019-3828-6.

2. Traversa D. Pet roundworms and hookworms: a continuing need for global worming. Parasites Vectors. 2012;5:91. doi:10.1186/1756-3305-5-91.

3. Drake J, Carey T. Seasonality and changing prevalence of common canine gastrointestinal nematodes in the USA. Parasites Vectors. 2019;12:430. doi: 10.1186/s13071-019-3701-7.

4. General guidelines. Companion Animal Parasite Council. Updated March 1, 2016. Accessed July 15, 2020.

5. Parasite Prevalence Maps. Companion Animal Parasite Council. Updated July 16, 2020. Accessed July 16, 2020.

6. Bowman DD, Montgomery SP, Zajac AM, et al. Hookworms of dogs and cats as agents of cutaneous larva migrans. Trends Parasitol. 2010;26(4):162-167. doi:10.1016/

7. Overgaauw PA, van Knapen F. Veterinary and public health aspects of Toxocara spp. Vet Parasitol. 2013;193(4):398-403. doi:10.1016/j.vetpar.2012.12.035.

8. Little SE. Helping protect the bond between clients and pets through parasite control. DVM360. Published May 2, 2019. Accessed June 1, 2020.

9. Nagamori Y, Sedlak RH, DeRosa A, et al. Evaluation of the VETSCAN IMAGYST: an in-clinic canine and feline fecal parasite detection system integrated with a deep learning algorithm. Parasites Vectors. 2020;13:346. doi:10.1186/s13071-020-04215-x.

10. Gates MC, Nolan TJ. Comparison of passive fecal flotation run by veterinary students to zinc-sulfate centrifugation flotation run in a diagnostic parasitology laboratory. J Parasitol. 2009;95(5):1213-1214. doi:10.1645/GE-2058.1.

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