The best way to keep your pet and family safe from intestinal parasites is by bringing your four-legged companion in for annual fecal exams. Annual fecals give your Avon vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam (or just fecal) is an examination of your pet's feces on a microscopic level which your vet can complete in their office. Annual fecal exams can help your vet detect and treat infections which may be compromising your pet's health and even the health of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will keep an eye out for signs of any parasites like hookworms or roundworms when preforming a fecal. These parasites can cause irritability and discomfort in your pets and can lead to many more serious issues. A number of parasites can even be transmitted to people.
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?
Collect a fresh stool sample form your pet and bring it it within the same day. Ideally, you should bring it in within 4-6 hours of collecting it 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 every year at least. Animals with gastrointestinal issues and puppies may need these exams more frequently than that, however. Ask one of our vets how often you should be bringing in your pet's stool sample for a fecal exam.