Annual fecal examinations at your veterinarian's office are the most effective way to protect your pet and family from intestinal parasites. Annual feces provide an opportunity for your Poway veterinarian to screen for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions develop.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that is performed in the office of your veterinarian. These annual fecal examinations will assist your veterinarian in identifying and treating any infections that may be threatening your pet's health, as well as the health of other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
When performing fecal exams, your veterinarian will look for signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritable and uneasy, and they can also cause a variety of more serious problems. Numerous parasites may even be transmitted from person to person.
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?
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?
Internal parasites should be tested on your pet at least once a year. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may require more frequent fecal examinations. Inquire with your veterinarian how frequently you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal analysis.