Getting fecal exams at your vet's office once or twice a year is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Fecals give your Modesto vet the opportunity to check your pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's stool, which is performed at your veterinarian's office. Annual fecals help your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will examine the stool sample under a microscope looking for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. Which is why fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect 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 very important 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. Speak to your vet to find out how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal.