Having annual fecal exams done at your vet's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Nashville vet an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more conditions develop.
What is a fecal exam?
During a fecal exam, the vet completes a microscopic examination of your pet's feces. These annual fecal exams are completed at your vet's office to identify and treat any infections that can compromise your pet's health, and even the health of people and pets living in your house.
What do fecal exams detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That's why fecal exams are the best way to detect their presence and make a diagnosis if required.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
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 does my pet need a fecal exam?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal exam.