Annual fecal exams allow your veterinarian to check your pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise. Here, our Portland vets explain more.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that is completed at our Portland veterinary 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 do fecal exams detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can create discomfort for your pet and could lead to many more serious issues. A number of 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.
How do I prepare for my pet's 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 the most accurate results.
It's imperative not to allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out, as this can kill the parasites which will then not show up during a screening.
How often does my pet need a fecal exam?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least annually. 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.