Why should I take my pet to the vet for a fecal exam?

Why should I take my pet to the vet for a fecal exam?

Taking your pet to the vet for a fecal exam annually is the best way to protect them (and your family) from intestinal parasites. A fecal exam every year gives your Edgewater veterinarian the opportunity to look for intestinal parasites before more serious issues develop.

What is a fecal exam?

A fecal exam is a microscopic examination your veterinarian performs of your cat or dog's feces. These annual exams help your vet detect and treat any infections that could impact your pet's health, and even the health of other pets and humans in your household. 

What do fecals find?

Your veterinarian will check for any signs of parasites like hookworms and roundworms when conducting fecal exams. These parasites can irritate your pet and make them uncomfortable, if left untreated these parasites can lead to many more serious problems. A variety of parasites can even be transmitted to people. 

Intestinal parasites reside in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecals are the best way to find them. 

How can I prepare for my pet's fecal?

Bring a fresh sample of your pet's stool to your vet's office (the same day), ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results. 

It's very important to not allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out, because many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn can hide their presence. 

How often should i take my pet for a fecal exam?

You should get your pet tested for internal parasites at least once a year. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues might need to have fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your cat or dog's stool sample in for a fecal exam. 

Is it time for your cat or dog's fecal exam? Schedule an appointment with our vets at Animal General today.