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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?

Having yearly fecal examinations at your veterinarian's office is the greatest method to protect your pet and family against intestinal parasites since annual fecal exams give your Torrance vet a chance to check for them before more serious conditions arise. 

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 yearly fecal exams will assist your veterinarian in identifying and treating any illnesses that may be threatening your pet's health, as well as the health of members of your household.

What do fecal exams detect?

When doing fecal examinations, your veterinarian will search for indications of parasites like hookworms and roundworms. These parasites can make pets irritated and uncomfortable, and they can lead to a variety of more serious problems. A variety of parasites may even be transferred to humans.

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 exam?

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 is critical not to let the feces sample dehydrate or dry up since many of the possible parasites will be destroyed, masking their existence.

How often does my pet need a fecal exam?

You should 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. 

Is your dog due for a fecal exam? Book an appointment at Harbor Animal Hospital today.

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