Getting your pet their annual fecal exams at your veterinarian's office is the best way to ensure your pet and family stay safe from intestinal parasites. Annual fecal exams give our vets an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites at our Astoria clinic before more serious conditions arise and impact their health.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of your pet's feces which your vet conducts at their office. These annual tests will help to identify and treat any infections which may be compromising your pet's health, or even the health of members of your household.
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms when performing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, and could lead to many more serious issues. 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?
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 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?
Ideally, you should have your pet tested for internal parasites at least once per year. Puppies or animals prone to gastrointestinal issues may require fecal exams more frequently though. Ask our vets how often you should bring in your pet's stool for a fecal exam.