What is a fecal exam?
Fecals are performed at your veterinarian's office and are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces.
Fecals are used to identify any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, or even the health of your family.
What do fecals detect?
Intestinal parasites like roundworms or hookworms can be detected by performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and could lead to more serious conditions. It's important to note that some of these parasites can be transmitted form pets to humans so early detection is important.
Parasites are often hidden from view since they live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, meaning that the only way to detect them is with a fecal exam.
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
Collect a fresh stool sample and bring it to your vet on the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours for the most accurate results, since dehydrating or drying out kills many of the potential parasites and could mask their presence.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
We recommend that all pets be tested for parasites at least one a year. More frequent fecals may be required for puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues. Your vet will be able to tell you how frequently you should bring in a stool sample from your pet.