What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are a microscopic examination of your pet's stool conducted at your veterinarian's office. These annual examinations will be able to help your vet to identify and treat infections that may be compromising the health of your pet and other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your veterinarian will search for signs of parasites like roundworms and hookworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make our pets irritable and uncomfortable and may lead to many more serious issues. a Number of these parasites may be transmissible to people too.
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?
Collect a fresh stool sample and bring it in to your vet's office on the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours of collection 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.