Getting a yearly fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way to keep your family and your pet safe from intestinal parasites. Fecal exams give your Sechelt vet an opportunity to catch intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam refers to the microscopic analysis of your pet's feces by your vet at their office. Annual fecal exams, also known as fecals, will help your vet identify and treat infections which may be affecting your pet's health, or even the health of the members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for signs of parasites in your pet's stool such as roundworms or hookworms while performing a fecal. These parasite can cause irritability and discomfort in your pet and can also lead to more serious issues down the road. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal system, hidden from view. Because of this, fecals are the absolute best way to determine whether or not they are present in your pet.
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.