What is a fecal exam?
Fecals are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces, performed at your veterinarian's office. Yearly routine fecal exams help your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health.
What do fecals detect?
When doing fecal exams, your vet will look for signs of intestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms. These parasites not only make pets uncomfortable and irritable, but they could lead to more serious conditions.
It's also important to note that a number of intestinal parasites can be transmitted to people!
Intestinal parasites are hidden from view because they live inside of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract. Fecals are the best way for your vet to detect intestinal parasites that may be hiding in your pet.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect a fresh stool sample and bring it to your veterinarian's office on the same day. For the most accurate results try to get the sample to our Greensboro veterinary office within 4 to 6 hours of collection.
If the stool sample dries out or dehydrates many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn could mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
Our Greensboro vets recommend that cats and dogs have fecal exams done at least once a year. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need more frequent fecal exams. Speak to your vet to find out how often you should bring in your pet’s stool sample for a fecal.
Fecal exams are included in our Wellness Plans. Choose the Wellness Plan that is right for your pet.
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