Getting yearly fecal exams at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces. These annual fecals will assist your veterinarian in identifying and treating any infections that may be threatening your pet's health, as well as the health of family members.
What do fecals detect?
When performing fecal exams, your veterinarian will look for signs of parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, as well as cause a variety of other problems.
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?
Internal parasites should be tested on your pet at least once a year. Fecal examinations may be required more frequently in puppies and animals with gastrointestinal problems. Inquire with your veterinarian about how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal analysis.