Getting yearly fecal exams at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your Rockland County vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic study of your pet's excrement performed in your vet's office. These annual exams can assist your veterinarian in identifying and treating any illnesses that may be threatening your pet's health as well as the health of family members.
What do fecal exams detect?
When performing fecal exams, your veterinarian will check for symptoms of parasites, such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets uncomfortable and unhappy, and they can also lead to a variety of other problems. People can also be infected with a variety of these parasites.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecal exams are the best way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
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 this will kill many of the possible parasites, thus masking their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal exam?
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.