Bringing your pet into your vet's office for an annual fecal exam is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Yearly fecals give your Merced vet an opportunity to test for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
Your veterinarian will complete this microscopic examination of your pet's feces at their office. Annual fecals help your vet to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of anyone living in your house.
What can my vet find with a fecal exam?
Your vet will check for any signs of parasites such as roundworms and hookworms when performing fecal exams. Pets often become irritable and uncomfortable if infected with these parasites and may experience many more serious issues. Several parasites can even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites reside in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hidden from view. That's why fecals are so useful 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 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.