Giving your pet their annual fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites in Gibsons pets before they cause more serious conditions.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is an examination of your pet's feces on a microscopic level completed by your vet at their office. These annual examinations will help your veterinarian to identify and treat infections that could be compromising your pet's health or the members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for signs of parasites like roundworms and hookworms while performing fecal exams. These parasites are capable of making your pet irritable and uncomfortable as well as causing much more serious issues. 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 critical to not allow stool samples to dehydrate or dry out after collecting them. If your sample dries out, any possible parasites your vet will be trying to detect will die and become much more difficult to detect.
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.