What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. An annual fecal exam will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of members of your household.
What do fecal exams detect?
Fecal exams allow your vet to test for intestinal parasites that live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and could lead to more serious issues. A number of parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
In order for your vet to perform a fecal exam, you will have to get a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office the day it will be tested, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results. It is important the stool sample does not dry out, as this could kill the parasites and cause them to not show up during the exam.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least once a year. 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.