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Why Does My Pet Need a Fecal Exam?

Why Does My Pet Need a Fecal Exam?

Fecal exams are recommended along with your pet's annual preventive care visit to protect against various parasites. Your vets in Cumming discuss why your pet would benefit from yearly fecal exams and what you can expect during their visit.

What is the Purpose of a Fecal Exam?

A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecal exams will help 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 Will My Vet See With My Pet's Fecal Exam?

Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable and could lead to many more serious issues. Several parasites may 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. 

Do I Need To Prepare My Pet For A 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 a better chance at precise 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 can mask their presence. 

How Often Should I Schedule A Fecal Exam For My Pet?

It would be best if you had your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually during routine preventive care visits. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently. Ask your Cumming vet how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal. 

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Do you need to schedule your dog's annual fecal exam or other preventive care? Book an appointment at Crestview Animal Hospital today.

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