The best way to ensure that your pet, and your household, are safe from intestinal parasites is with yearly routine fecal exams. Intestinal parasites are difficult to detect with a standard veterinary examination, but fecals allow your vet to spot problems and treat them quickly.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal is when your vet does a microscopic examination of your pet's feces. This simple test can be done right in your vet's office, and will allow your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, or even the health of your family members.
What do fecals detect?
Having a fecal exam allows your vet to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites such as hookworms or roundworms. Intestinal parasites can make pets irritable, uncomfortable, or develop into more serious conditions. In some cases parasites can even be transmitted to humans.
The only way to detect intestinal parasites is with a fecal exam since the parasites are generally hidden within your pet's gastrointestinal tract.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
In order to get the most accurate results, you should collect a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet within 4 to 6 hours.
It's important to note that drying out and dehydrating kills many of the parasites that may be present, and could potentially mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
Fecals should be done at least annually for all pets, but puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may require more frequent exams. Your vet will let you know how frequently you should bring in your pet’s stool sample for testing.
With a Wellness Plan, we 'bundle up' all the preventative services you need to keep you pet healthy, all for an easy monthly payment. Choose the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.
Looking for a vet in Memphis?We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.
Related Articles View All
Much like their canine counterparts, kittens grow baby teeth that fall out before their permanent teeth come in. Here, our Memphis vets share a little about the kitten teething process and how you can help.
Staying hydrated is essential for pets as well as people. So what should you do if your cat won't drink water? Our Memphis vets share some reasons why your cat may not be drinking and what to do.
Witnessing your cat dry heave is pretty unpleasant, but you may feel reassured to learn that in many cases dry heaving in cats is harmless. That said, there are also some serious health issues that can also lead to dry heaving. Our Memphis vets explain...
Your pet can't tell you when they need emergency care, and it isn't always obvious. Which makes it hard for pet parents to know when a trip to the emergency vet is called for. Here are some guidelines from our Memphis veterinarians to help you decide.