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Why Fecal Exams Are Important to Your Pet's Health

Why Fecal Exams Are Important to Your Pet's Health

Internal parasites can lurk, hidden within your pet's gastrointestinal tract causing discomfort and illness for your dog or cat. Annual fecal exams give your Argyle vet an opportunity to check for hidden intestinal parasites before more serious conditions develop. 

What is a fecal exam?

A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's stool, that is completed at your vet's office. Annual fecals will give your vet an opportunity to detect and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of members of your household. 

What do fecal exams detect?

While performing your pet's fecal exam your vet will look for any signs of parasites such as hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, but can also lead to many more serious issues. Some intestinal parasites can 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?

Collect 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. 

Do 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 exam?

We recommend that you 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 pet due for their annual fecal exam? Book an appointment at Argyle Veterinary Hospital today.

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