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Why should my pet have a fecal exam?

The best way to ensure that your pet, and your family, are safe from intestinal parasites is by getting annual pet fecal exams done at your vet's office. Yearly fecals give your vet an opportunity to check for intestinal parasites before more serious conditions arise. Here, our Southeast Memphis vets explain more.


What is a fecal exam?

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

What do fecals detect?

Your vet will be on the lookout for parasites such as roundworms and hookworms when doing fecal exams. These parasites can make pets uncomfortable, irritable, and could lead to more serious issues. A number of parasites can even be transmitted to people.

Intestinal parasites live inside of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, keeping them hidden 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 on the same day, ideally within 4 to 6 hours, for the most accurate results.

It's important not to allow the stool sample to dry out or dehydrate since many of the potential parasites will be killed, which in turn could mask their presence.

How often does my pet need a fecal?

Pets should be tested for intestinal parasites at least once a year, but puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues might need more frequent fecal exams. Ask your vet how often you should bring in your pet’s stool sample for a fecal.

Fecal exams are included in our annual Wellness Plans. Choose the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.

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