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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?

Getting your pet their annual fecal exams at our veterinarian's office is the best way to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Annually administered fecals give our Oak Grove vets a chance to detect intestinal parasites before they cause more serious health issues.

What is a fecal exam?

Fecal exams are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces that are completed at your veterinarian's office. Annually administered fecal exams will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that may be compromising your pet's health, or even the health of other members of your household.

What do fecals detect?

Your vet will search for signs of parasites like roundworms and hookworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites are capable of making pets feel irritable and uncomfortable and may even lead to many more serious issues. A number of these 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 and bring it to your vet's office the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results. 

It's important that you don't allow your pet's stool sample to dehydrate or dry out since many potential parasites may be killed, making them much more difficult to detect.

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. 

Is your dog due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at Oak Grove Animal Hospital today.

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