Routine fecal exams, at least once a year, are the best way to ensure that your pet and your household are safe from intestinal parasites. Fecals allow your vet to check your pet for intestinal parasites which are otherwise difficult to detect.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal is the microscopic exam of your pet's feces at your veterinarian's office. The ultimate goal of a fecal is to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your family.
What do fecals detect?
Fecals allow your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites like roundworms or hookworms. Parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and lead to more serious conditions. Some can even be transmitted to humans.
Since these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, they are often hidden from view. The only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
For the best results, you should collect a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet on the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours.
Drying out and dehydrating kills many of the potential parasites present and may mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
All pets should be tested for parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may require more frequent fecals. Your vet can tell you how frequently you should bring in your pet’s stool sample.
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