Making sure your pet has their yearly fecal exam is the best way to protect them and you from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals allow your Gilbert vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam (or a fecal) is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces which your vet completes in their laboratory. These annual tests can help your vet catch and treat infections or parasites that may be compromising your pet's health and the health of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms or hookworms while performing a fecal exam. These intestinal parasites can make you pet uncomfortable and can lead to much more serious issues. A number of these parasites can even be transferred to people from our pets!
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 and bring it to your vet's office on the same day. Ideally, you will do so within four to six hours of collection.
It is very important that you don't allow the sample to dry out. This can kill many of the potential parasites your vet will be looking for, making them much harder to detect.
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.