Why should I bring my pet in for a fecal exam?

Giving your pet their yearly fecal exam at your vet's office is the best way to keep them and your family safe from a wide variety of intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exame give your Lafayette veterinarian an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have arisen.

What is a fecal exam?

A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's fecal matter which your vet can complete at their office. These annual exams will help your veterinarian identify and treat any infections which could be compromising your pet's health, or your household's. 

What do fecals detect?

Your vet will check your pet for any signs of parasites like roundworms or hookworms when performing a fecal exam. These parasites cre capable of irritating your pet and making them uncomfortable and, if left unchecked, can cause other major issues for your furry companion. 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?

Acquire a fresh stool sample and bring it in to your vet's office the same day you collected it, ideally within 4 - 6 hours for the most accurate results. 

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 once per year. Puppies and other animals with gastrointestinal issues may need fecal exams more frequently, however. Ask your Lafayette vet how often you should be bringing in your pet's stool sample for a fecal exam.

Is your pet due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at St. Francis Veterinary Hospital today.