Yearly fecal exams for your dog or cat are the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your La Pine vet the opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious issues arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces. Fecal exams are quick and easy tests that can be completed right at your veterinarian's office. 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?
When performing a fecal exam your vet will look for any signs of parasites that could be living, unseen, in your pet's gastrointestinal tract such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites not only make pets irritable and uncomfortable, they can also lead to more serious issues. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
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.