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Why should I bring my pet in for a fecal exam?

Why should I bring my pet in for a fecal exam?

Annual fecal exams for your pet are the best way to help keep your four-legged friend and your family safe from intestinal parasites. Fecal exams give your Jackson vet the opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions develop. 

What is a fecal exam?

A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecal exams will help your vet to identify and treat any infections that could be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of members of your household. 

What can be detected with a fecal exam?

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 fecal exams 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 a better chance at precise 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 exam?

Our Jackson vets 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 exam. 

Is your pet due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at Jackson Animal Clinic today.

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