Annual fecal exams at our West Gate Veterinary Hospital, allow our vets to check for intestinal parasites before they develop into a bigger issue. This helps to protect your pet and your family from potentially serious illness!
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 fecal exams 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.
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.
What do fecals detect?
By doing a fecal, your vet will be able to see if there are any signs of parasites such as hookworms or roundworms. These parasites can cause discomfort in your pet and could make them seriously ill. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
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 can cause them to not show up during the exam.
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.