Getting yearly fecal exams for your pet at our animal hospital is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your Tracy veterinarian an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What are fecal exams?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's stool, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. Annual fecals help your vet to identify and treat any intestinal parasitic 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 for signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to more serious issues. Some parasites may even be transmitted to people!
Intestinal parasites make their home 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?
Simply collect a fresh stool sample from your pet and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It is essential 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?
It's a good idea to have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams to be done more frequently. Speak to your vet to find out how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal exam.