Having a veterinary fecal exam done for your cat or dog is the most efficient way to protect your pets and family from intestinal parasites. A fecal exam a year provides your Knightdale veterinarian with the opportunity to examine your pet for intestinal parasites before more dangerous conditions develop.
What are fecal exams?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your cat or dog's feces, that is performed by your primary care veterinarian. These yearly exams will help your vet diagnose and treat any infections that could be impacting the health of your furry companion, 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 your pet for any signs of parasites including roundworms and hookworms. These parasites can irritate your pets and make them really uncomfortable. They could also lead to many more serious problems. A handful of parasites can 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 can I prepare for my pet's fecal exam?
Grab a fresh sample of your pet's stool and bring it to your vet's office the same day, preferably within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results.
It's important not to allow the stool sample to dry out or dehydrate because many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn can mask their presence.
How frequently will my pet require a fecal exam?
You should have your pet tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year. Puppies and animals with 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.