Getting a yearly fecal exam for your pet at your veterinarian's office is the best way to keep them and your household safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Stockton vets an opportunity to find and treat intestinal parasites before more serious conditions may arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is an examination of your pet's stool on a microscopic level by your vet in their office. These tests, if administered annually, will help your veterinarian wit identify and treat any infections which may be compromising your pet's health, and the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for signs of intestinal parasites like roundworms or hookworms while performing fecal exams. These parasites can cause pets discomfort and irritability, and may lead to more serious issues down the road. A number of different intestinal parasites may even be transmitted to people from pets.
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 bring in your pet's feces at least once a year to your vet for a fecal exam. Animals with gastrointestinal issues and puppies should have fecal exams done more frequently, however. Ask your vet about how often you should be bringing in a stool sampl[e for a fecal exam.