Getting your pet their annual fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is the best way to ensure your pet—and your whole household—stays safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Yucaipa give your vet an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before they cause more serious conditions.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces completed at your vet's office. These annual tests will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising your pet's health—and even the health of your family members and other pets in your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for any signs of parasites like roundworms or hookworms whien performing a fecal exam. These parasites make your pet irritable and uncomfortable and may even lead to much more serious issues if not promptly addressed. A number of parasites may even 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.