Fecal exams performed by your veterinarian are the best way to protect your pets and family against intestinal parasites. At Hope Crossing Animal Hospital in Pittsboro, fecal exams provide your vet with the opportunity to test your cat or dog for intestinal parasites before more serious problems develop.
What are fecal exams?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your cat or dog feces, that is conducted at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecal exams give your veterinarian the chance to look for and treat any infections that might be affecting your pet's health, and possibly the health of the other pets and people in your home.
What do fecal exams test for?
When conducting a fecal exam your vet will check for any signs of parasites including roundworms and hookworms. These parasites have the ability to make the animals they infect feel irritable and uncomfortable. They can also cause many more serious conditions. A handful of parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
Intestinal parasites reside in the gastrointestinal tract, hiding out of sight. This makes fecal exams the best way to find them.
How can I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
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 will my pet require a fecal exam?
You should have your cat or dog tested for internal parasites at least once a year. Puppies and animals that have gastrointestinal problems might require more frequent fecal exams. Ask your vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal exam.