The best way to keep you pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites are through yearly fecal exams for your pet. Annual fecals give your Johns Creek an opportunity to check your beloved pet for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions have the chance to arise.
What is a fecal exam?
A fecal exam is the microscopic examination of a sample of your pet's feces completed by your veterinarian. Getting this exam conducted annually on your pets will be key in helping your vet identify and treat infections or parasites which may be compromising your pet's health ( and possibly the health of your whole household!).
What do fecals detect?
Your vet will examine a sample of your pet's feces for evidence of parasites like hookworms or roundworms. These kinds of parasites can cause your pets discomfort and make then irritable as well as having the potential to bring on a host of more serious issues. Some of these parasites are even transferrable 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 very important that you don't allow the stool sample to dehydrate or dry out before you deliver it to your vet. If it does, many of the parasites which might be detected in it will be killed - making it much more difficult for your vet to find them.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
You should have your pet tested for internal parasites every year. Animals with common gastrointestinal issues and young puppies might need these exams more frequently. Make sure to ask your Johns Creek vet how often you should be bringing in your pet's stool for a fecal during your next appointment.