What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is an microscopic analysis of your pet's feces, which your vet completes at their office. Getting these test annually will help your veterinarian to find and treat infections or illnesses which could compromise your pet's or household's health.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms, hookworms and heartworms during fecals. These parasites both make pets uncomfortable and can cause serious issues if undetected. Some of these parasites can also be transferred to people
These intestinal parasites live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, remaining hidden from obvious detection. Because of this, fecals are your best bet to find them.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
You should collect a fresh stool sample from your pet and bring it to your vet on the same day. For most accurate results, you should bring it to your vet within 4 to 6 hours of collecting it.
You should strive to make sure the sample doesn't dry out. This will kill many of the parasites your vet will be looking for, making them harder to detect.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
Your pet should be tested for internal parasites at least once a year. Young pets or animals with known gastrointestinal problems may need these tests more frequently. Make sure to ask your vet how often they advise you top have your pet tested.