Getting a yearly fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way to protect your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Long Beach vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that is completed at your veterinarian's office. A fecal exam will help your vet to identify and treat any parasitic infections that could be compromising your pet's health or the health of your household members.
What do fecal exams detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing a fecal exam. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and can lead to severe illness if left untreated. 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.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
Collect 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 important that you do not allow the stool sample to dry out as this can cause the parasites to die and mask their presence during the examination.
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.