Getting your pet their annual fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from the threat of intestinal parasites. Annually administered fecals give your Clovis vets a chance to check for these parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are the examination of your pet's feces as the microscopic level, completed at your vet's office. Annually administered fecal exams will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising your pet's health and well-being, or even the health of other 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 reside in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hidden from view normally. Because of this, fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
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 bring your pet in to be tested for intestinal parasites at least once each year. Animal with gastrointestinal issues and puppies may need fecal exams more often than this. Isk your vet about how frequently you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal exam.