Giving your pet their annual fecal exams at your veterinarian's office is the best way to help keep them and the rest of your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give our South Lebanon veterinarians an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have the chance to arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal examination is a microscopic exam performed by your vet in their office of your pet's feces. Having these tests conducted annually will help your vet to identify and treat any infections which may be compromising your pet's health and well-being, or even the health of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms, hookworms and more when performing a fecal exam. These parasites are capable of making your pet uncomfortable and irritable and may lead to many more serious issues. A number of these 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 important that you don't allow your pet's stool sample to dry out. If this happens, many of the potential; parasites will be killed, making them much more difficult to detect for your vet.
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.