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Do signalment and geography play a role?
“Although this information is important for general practitioners to help prioritize differentials in dogs with clinical signs of intestinal disease, whether this should influence routine deworming cannot be determined. For example, although a toy dog may be less likely to be infected with intestinal nematodes than dogs in other breed groups, the potentially closer relationship of toy breeds with their owners (higher percentage of time spent indoors or being held) may increase the risk of transmission.”
-Erika Meler, DVM, MS, and Barrak Pressler, DVM, PhD, DACVIM
From Research Updates: Should veterinarians emphasize the risk of intestinal nematodiasis based on patient signalment and geographic location?