Getting your pet an yearly fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is your best bet at keeping your pet and family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams provide our South Plainfield vets with an opportunity to check your pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is an examination of your pet's feces on a microscopic level, which will be completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecal exams will help your vet to identify and treat any infections which may be compromising your pet's health, or even the ehalth of other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will be searching for signs of parasites like hookworms, roundworms or whipworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites are not only capable of making your pet uncomfortable, but they can also lead to many more serious health issues. A number of these parasites may even be transmissible 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 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 intestinal parasites with a fecal exam at least once per year. Animals with gastrointestinal issues or puppies may need fecal exams for frequently than that, however. Ask your vet how often you should bring in a stool sample for a fecal examination.