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The Importance of Regular Fecal Exams for Pets

Taking your pet into your veterinarian's office for an annual fecal exam can keep your four-legged friend safe from intestinal parasites. Our Vancouver vets explain why regular fecal exams are important for your pet in this post.

What is a veterinary fecal exam? 

Your primary veterinarian can perform this microscopic examination of your pet's feces during your four-legged friend's annual checkup, or at another point during the year.

When you bring your cat or dog in for a yearly fecal exam, your vet can diagnose and treat any infections that may be compromising your pet's health, and even the health of people and other animals living in your house. 

What Fecal Exams Can Detect 

Parasites can make pets irritable and uncomfortable, not to mention lead to many more serious health issues and, potentially, veterinary emergencies. Several parasites can even be transmitted to people.

Intestinal parasites make their home in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, where they're hidden from view. That's why fecals are the best way to detect their presence. 

Your vet will check for any signs of parasites such as roundworms or hookworms when performing fecal exams. 

Preparing For Your Pet's Fecal 

Obtain 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 from testing. 

It's critical not to allow your pet's stool sample to dry out or dehydrate, since many potential parasites will die, which in turn can mask their presence. 

How Often Your Pet Should Have a Fecal 

We recommend scheduling a fecal exam for your cat or dog at least annually. Puppies and animals with gastrointestinal issues may need more frequent fecal exams. Ask your vet how often you should bring in your pet's stool sample for a fecal assessment. 

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.

Do you have questions about how fecal exams can prevent or detect serious health issues from developing into more serious problems? Contact our Vancouver vets today.

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