Getting your pet their annual fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is one of the best ways for you to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams also give your vet an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have a chance to arise.
What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are a microscopic examination of your pet's stool conducted at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecals will help give your vet a chance to identify and treat any infections or parasites that may be compromising the health and well-being of your pet or other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Fittingly, intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. because of this, fecals are the best way for your vet to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Get a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It's very important that you don't allow your pet's stool sample to dry out for dehydrate, since many potential parasites will be killed in the process, masking their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for intestinal parasites at least once every year. For puppies or animals with gastrointestinal issues, more frequent testing may be needed, Ask your vet how often you should bring in your pet's stool sample for a fecal exam.