The best way to keep you and your pet safe from intestinal parasites is by taking your companion in for an annual fecal exam. Annual fecals give your Wake Forest vet a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is an examination of your pet's feces at a microscopic level that is completed at your vet's office. These annual tests, called fecals, will help your veterinarian treat infection or parasites which could be compromising your pet's and your health.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for signs of paraistes like roundworms and hookworms during the process of conducting a fecal exam. These parasites can cause discomfort and irritability and can pave the way for much 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 fecals are the best way to detect their presence.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Get a fresh stool sample from your pet and bring 9it in to your vet's office the same day. Ideally you should bring it in within 4-6 hours of collecting it.
It's incredibly important that you don't let the sample dehydrate. This can kill any parasites which could potentially be found in the sample, making it much more difficult to detect them.
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.