Why are fecal exams important for dogs and cats?

Getting annual fecal exams at your vet's office is the best way to help diagnose parasites and protect your pet and your family from intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your Brodheadsville 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, which is completed in our in-house laboratory. These annual fecals 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 can fecals detect?

Your vet used fecal examinations to detect signs of parasites like hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and could lead to more severe health issues. A number of parasites are even transmissible to humans. 

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?

Obtain a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet's office that same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results. 

It's essential not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out since many of the potential parasites will be killed, which can mask their presence. 

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. 

Is your pet due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at Brodheadsville Veterinary Clinic today.