Bringing a sample of your pet's stool into the vet every year for a fecal exam is an excellent way to protect your pets and family from intestinal parasites. Our Groton vets discuss how fecal exams provide your vetrinarian with the opportunity to check for these parasites before they can cause further damage.
What are fecal exams?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your cat or dog's stool that is conducted at your primary care vet's office. These yearly exams will help your vet find and treat any infections that could be negatively impacting the health of your pet and everyone in your home.
What do fecal exams look for?
During fecal exams, your vet will search for any signs of parasites including roundworms and hookworms. These parasites can irritate your pets and make them feel uncomfortable, if they are left untreated that can lead to many more problematic issues or even be transmitted to humans.
Intestinal parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract of your pet, hiding out of site making fecals the best way to spot their presence.
How can I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Get a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It's imperative 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 do pets require fecal exams?
We recommend having your cat or dog tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues might require fecal exams more often. Ask your vet how frequently your pet should have a fecal exam.