Giving your pet a year fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way for you to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Banning Veterinary Hospital vets a chance to check your pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions associated with them arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed by your vet at their office. these tests, when administered annually, will help your veterinarian to identify and treat any infections which may be compromising your pet's health and even the health of other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms or hookworms while performing fecal exams. These parasites can make your pets quite irritable and uncomfortable, and can lead to many more serious issues. A number of these parasites may also be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecals are the best way 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 imperative not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out, since many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn can mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal.