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Pet Poop and You: How Fecal Exams Protect Your Pet

Pet Poop and You: How Fecal Exams Protect Your Pet

Fecal exams at your vet's office are the number one way to protect against parasites. Once annual fecal exams give your Yucaipa vet a chance to discover the presence of intestinal parasites long before other symptoms begin to develop.  

Fecal Examination

A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces, which is completed at your veterinarian's office. These annual fecals 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. 

The Uses of Your Pet's Poop

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 fecals are the best way to detect their presence. 

Preparing for a Fecal Examination 

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 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. 

Frequency of Fecal Examinations

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. 

Book an appointment today if your pet is due for a fecal examination. Green Valley Veterinary Clinic's advanced diagnostics lab will allow your vet to complete the examination directly on-site.

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