Yearly fecal exams for your pet are the best way to keep your four-legged friend safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Jesup vet an opportunity to find and treat 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 completed right at your veterinarian's office. Annual fecal exams 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 fecal exams detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can cause severe discomfort and illness if left untreated and a number of parasites can even be transmitted to people.
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?
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 essential not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out which can kill the parasites and mask 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.