Bringing your pet in for annual fecal exams is one of the easiest ways that you can help protect your pet and family. Fecal exams provide your Sault Ste. Marie vet the opportunity to examine your pet for intestinal parasites before they have the chance to harm your pet.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is part of your dog's annual wellness visits. Fecal exams are a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which your vet will perform during one of your annual visits. These fecals are a way for 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 are fecal exams used to detect?
During your dog's fecal exam your vet will examine the feces for any signs of microscopic parasites such as hookworm and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and could lead to many more serious issues. Many of these parasites also have the ability to 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.
What should I do before the exam?
It is recommended to bring in a fresh still sample which was collected no more than 6 hours prior to your visit.
It is very important that the sample is fresh because once the sample begins to dry out many of the potential parasites maybe begin to die which can make their detection very difficult.
How often should I bring my pet in for a fecal exam?
Our vets recommend that you have your pets tested annually at the very least. Having your pet tested will play a role in keeping your family and pets safe. 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.