Getting an annual fecal exam for your pet at your veterinarian's office is the best way to keep your furry companion and your family safe from dangerous intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your vet the best chance to find intestinal parasites in your Ypsilanti pet before a more serious condition arises.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecals will 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 search for signs of parasites like roundworms, hookworms and whipworms while performing a fecal exam on your pet. These parasites can make your pet irritable and uncomfortable. It can also lead many more serious issues or transfer these parasites to people in your household.
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?
Collect a fresh stool sample and bring it in to your vet's office the same day. Ideally, you should do this within four to six hours of collection for the most accurate results in the fecal exam.
It's incredible important that you do not allow the stool sample the dry out or dehydrate. Many of the potential parasites will be killed if it does, which can mask their presence when your vet is looking for them.
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.