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Why Should I Bring My Pet in for a Fecal Exam?

Why Should I Bring My Pet in for a Fecal Exam?

Having yearly fecal examinations at your veterinarian's office is the greatest method to protect your pet and family against intestinal parasites. Annual fecals give your veterinarian in Pleasant Hill, CA a chance to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise. 

What Is 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 fecals will help your veterinarian 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 Fecals Detect?

When doing fecal examinations, your veterinarian will search for indications of parasites like hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritated and uncomfortable, and they can lead to a variety of more serious problems. A variety of parasites may even be transferred to humans.

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 and bring it to your veterinary office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours, for the most accurate results. 

It is critical not to let the feces sample dehydrate or dry up since many of the possible parasites will be destroyed, masking their existence.

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 veterinarian how often you should bring your pet's stool sample in for a fecal. 

Is your dog due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at Diablo View Veterinary Hospital today.

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