Having yearly fecal exams at your veterinarian's office is the best way to protect your pet and family from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals allow your Augusta vet 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 uncomfortable, as well as cause a variety of other problems. People can be infected with a variety of parasites.
Intestinal parasites live in the intestines of your pet, hidden from view. That's why feces are the most reliable indicator of their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Bring a fresh stool sample to your veterinarian's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It is critical not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out because many of the potential parasites will be killed, masking 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 about how frequently you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal analysis.