Getting your yearly fecal exams at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intentional parasites and associated diseases. Annual fecal exams give your veterinarian in an opportunity 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, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecals will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your veterinarian will look for signs of parasites like roundworms and hookworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites will make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites can even be transmitted form your pet to you and your household.
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?
Your should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least once per year. Puppies and animals with GI issues should likely be tested more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal exam.