Why does my mom have to keep following me around for my poop? I feel like she’s constantly picking it up and bringing it inside the house. Gross! Is my mom crazy?
Dear Constantly Pooping…,
Wow Constantly Pooping….it sounds like you have a great dedicated mommy who wants to care for you as much as possible!
Your mom picks up your poop because it’s a health concern. Poop can contain parasite eggs in it, and she does not want it to spread. Most parasites are transferred by mouth. Some of my friends are poop eaters, but you dont have to be a poop eater to get a worm in your body. Sometimes something as simple as walking in the grass, stepping on the parasites or eggs (which are microscopic) and then licking your paws later on can cause an infection.
At my mom’s clinic, we check a doggie’s poop every 6 months for any parasites. In most of the United States, a fecal test is only done once a year like your vaccines. However here in South Florida, the parasites and worms live longer in our moist soil. It only takes anywhere between 2 days and 4 weeks to become infected with an intestinal parasite when you first make contact. If your fecal test comes back positive or even as an annual preventative, my mom’s clinic will even give you a dewormer to help combat anything you’ve been exposed to. However the best way for prevention (besides cleaning up poop) is the monthly heartworm medication that your mom (or dad) give you since it also has a parasite preventive to kill those nasty things.
It’s ok that your mom keeps your poop. She’s just finding a creative way to bring it to your doctor to send it off to a lab….can you imagine that job? Reading poop slides all day?!