Getting your pet their annual fecal exams at your vet's office is the best way for you to keep them and your pet safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give your Egg Harbor Township vets an opportunity to check your pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have the chance to arise.
What is a fecal exam?
Fecal exams are microscopic exams of your pet's stool by our vets at our hospital. These annual fecals will help our vets to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising the health or well-being of your pet—or even the health of people living in your household.
What do fecals detect?
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. A number of parasites may even be transmitted to people.
Intestinal parasites are aptly named since they live in your pet's gastrointestinal tract/ Because they are normally hidden from sight, fecal exams are the best way to detect these parasites' presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect a fresh stool sample from your pet and bring it to your vet's office on the same day. Ideally, try to do so within 4 to 6 hours of collection.
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 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.