Getting your pet their yearly fecal exam at your veterinarian's office is the best way to keep your pet and family safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your New Ulm veterinarians a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination and antigen test of your pet’s feces. The annual fecal offered by your vet will help your vet to identify and treat infections which could be compromising your pet’s health or the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Fecal examinations identify intestinal parasite eggs which are microscopic. These parasites can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, malnutrition and anemia if not caught and treated. A number of these parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Internal parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, hiding them from view. That is why fecal exams 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 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?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least once per year. Animals with gastrointestinal issues and puppies may require fecal exams more frequently. Ask your vet how often you should bring in your pet's stool for a fecal exam.