getting your pet their annual fecal exam at your vet's office is one of the best ways to keep them and your family safe from intestinal parasites and infections. Annual fecals allow our Tucson vets their best chance to check for parasites before they cause more serious conditions to develop.
What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which will be completed at your veterinarian's office. Annually scheduled fecal exams help your vet to identify and treat infections that may be compromising your pet's health and the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look 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, hidden from easy view. This is why fecals are one of the best ways to detect the presence of this threat to your pet's health.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect a fresh stool sample from your pet and bring it into your vet's office the same day. Ideally, do so within 4 and 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 intestinal parasites at least once each year. Animals with gastrointestinal issues and puppies may need these exams more frequently though.
Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal.