Dr. Susan Barrows simultaneously opened AMC and founded the Bozeman non-profit organization known today as the Montana Raptor Conservation Center. Dr. Barrows attributes her keen interest in veterinary medicine and exotics to her upbringing in a household full of orphaned wild animals and stray dogs and cats in Connecticut. She loves the teamwork fostered in a clinical setting and the challenge of diagnosing and treating illnesses in all household pets. In the summer of 2009 AMC became accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and now belongs to a select group of small animal practices (15%) that are committed to meeting the standards of veterinary excellence. Dr. Barrows graduated from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and was hired there as a Laboratory Animal Clinician. She founded the Iowa State Wildlife Care Clinic and taught raptor and wildlife medicine to vet students. Dr. Barrows moved to Bozeman in 1987. Today she lives outside of Bozeman with her husband, their dogs, saltwater fish and numerous horses. Playing guitar, horseback riding and packing, scuba diving, fishing and photography are her favorite pastimes.
During the month of February AMC is offering fecal sample testing for $28 versus $40. That’s a 30% discount.
Parasite screening is a very
important part of a thorough health care program for our precious pets and for
us and family members that live with them.
Internal parasites such as roundworms and tapeworms infect our dogs,
cats, rabbits, birds and other animals, which then shed parasite eggs in the
environment through the feces. (Photo at
right from wellsphere.com)
Humans can become infected
by parasites by ingestion of infective eggs and by penetration through skin by
larvae living in the soil. Children, elderly people, and people who are
imunocompromised are at greatest risk of infection by parasites carried by
Most cases of infection in
humans can be prevented by washing hands after handling pets and their feces,
keeping children out of uncovered sandboxes, and picking up pet feces on
lawns. In addition, regular deworming of outdoor dogs
and cats is advised.
Fresh fecal examinations
help us determine if a pet harbors parasites.
Many animals appear normal yet are often infected by roundworms,
tapeworms, coccidia, or giardia. Infections usually result in parasite eggs
being passed in the feces. One female
roundworm can produce 100,000 eggs per day which may remain infective in the
environment for years to come. We
perform a specialized test on fecal samples that help us determine if parasites
are present, what type they are, and the severity of the problem.
When we request a fecal
sample from your pet please make sure it is as fresh as possible and put a
teaspoon or more in a closed container to keep it moist. If you cannot bring
the sample in right away refrigeration is best.
Drying or freezing of a sample can destroy any eggs and invalidate the
test. Bird feces can be collected on
saran wrap placed on the bottom of the cage and placed in a zip lock bag for
transport. If your bird is being seen by
our veterinarian we can usually collect a fresh sample at the time of the
visit. If your pet has intermittent
diarrhea, a sample of the loose stool is best for testing. A fecal screening test for parasites may be
done at your request without a doctor’s visit.
Samples should not be submitted on Saturdays.
Intestinal parasites can
cause vomiting, diarrhea, poor hair coat, itching, weight loss and lethargy in
pets. Infections in humans may lead to
serious health problems including gastrointestinal, visual and neurological
disease. Fecal testing and regular
dewormings are recommended to prevent health problems in our animals and
transmission of disease from pets to humans.
And remember this test
checks for certain parasites (ie. coccidia), parasite eggs and giardia, as
well, that the regular dewormers don’t eliminate.