If your dog or cat is experiencing symptoms related to intestinal discomfort then it may be time to bring them in for an examination. Today, our Deer Park vets talk about fecal exams and how they can help your pet.
Fecal Exams For Dogs & Cats
A fecal exam is a diagnostic test that is performed at your veterinary office. Here your vet will study your pet's stool under a microscope. These fecal exams are part of your pet's yearly visits to help diagnose and treat any parasites that are present in your pet's body. If left untreated these parasites can cause a number of serious health concerns for your beloved cat or dog.
What is a fecal exam and what is it used for?
Your vet will closely examine your pet's stool for any signs of parasites such as hookworms. Not only can these parasites cause serious intestinal discomfort ut some of the related conditions can be serious, or even life-threatening. Some intestinal parasites can even be transmitted to people.
Because these intestinal parasites live within your pet's digestive system, a fecal exam is the best way to determine f they are present.
How should you prepare your pet for a fecal exam?
You will need to collect a stool sample from your pet shortly before their appointment. It is recommended that the stool sample is less than 6 hours old.
Do not 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.
When will your pet need a fecal exam?
You should bring your pet in for an annual fecal exam in order to best protect them. 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.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.