It's best to get yearly fecal exams to keep your pet and family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual exams allow your Beacon vet to check for intestinal parasites before they become serious.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces performed by your veterinarian. These annual examinations assist your veterinarian in identifying and treating any infections that may be threatening your pet's health, as well as the health of members of your household.
What do fecal exams 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, and they can lead to a variety of more serious problems. Some of these parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, where they are hidden from sight. As a result, fecal exams are the most effective way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
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 vital not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out. Many of the potential parasites will be killed, masking their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal exam?
Your pet should be tested for internal parasites at least once a year. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may require more frequent fecal exams. Consult with your veterinarian about how frequently you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal analysis.