Receiving an annual fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Moreno Valley veterinarian a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise in your pet.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These 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?
Your vet will check your pet for any signs of parasites, like hookworms, roundworms or whipworms while performing a fecal exam. These parasites can make your pet uncomfortable and irritable and may lead to many more serious issues. A few of these parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect a fresh stool sample form your pet and bring it in to your veterinarian's office 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 once per year. Animals with gastrointestinal issues and puppies may need these exams more often. Ask your vet how often you should be bringing in your pet's stool sample for a fecal exam.