Getting your pet their yearly fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is one of the best ways to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites and their serious health impacts. Annual fecals provided by our veterinary team at Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital give us a chance to look for intestinal parasites before more serious health issues arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces completed by your vet in their office. These annual tests will help you to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising your companion's health, or even the health of other members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Our vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms and hookworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites are able to make pets irritable and uncomfortable and may lead to 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 fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
How do 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 critical that you don't allow the stool sample to dry out or dehydrate since many parasites that may be detected by the test can be killed by the process—making it much harder for us to detect.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
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.