Help to keep your pet and your family safe from intestinal parasites with annual pet fecal exams at your Mooresville veterinary clinic. Yearly fecals provide your vet with an opportunity to check for hidden intestinal parasites that could otherwise be missed at wellness examinations.
What is a fecal exam?
Performed at your veterinarian's office, fecals are microscopic examinations of your pet's feces. Routine annual fecal exams help your vet to identify and treat infections that could be compromising your dog or cat's overall health.
What do fecals detect?
Fecal exams are done in order to look for signs of intestinal parasites such as roundworms and hookworms. These intestinal parasites can make pets uncomfortable and irritable, and possibly lead to more serious health issues.
Intestinal parasites live inside of your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, making them very difficult to detect otherwise. That's why fecals are the best way for your vet to detect intestinal parasites that may be hiding in your pet.
It's important to note that a number of intestinal parasites can actually be transmitted from pets to people!
How do I prepare for my pet's fecal?
When it's time for your pet's annual fecal exam, simply collect a fresh stool sample and bring it to your veterinarian's office on the same day. For the most accurate results bring the sample to our Mooresville vet office within 4 to 6 hours of collection.
If the stool sample is allowed to dry out or dehydrate many of the potential parasites will be killed, which could cause their presence to be missed.
How often does my pet need a fecal?
Our Mooresville vets recommend that cats and dogs have fecal exams done at least once a year. Animals with gastrointestinal issues, and puppies, may need more frequent fecals. Contact your vet to find out how often you should bring in your pet’s stool sample for a fecal exam.
Our Wellness Plans include annual fecal exams. Choose the Wellness Plan that is right for your pet.
Looking for a vet in Mooresville?We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.
Related Articles View All
Our Mooresville vets understand that discovering an unexplained lump on your dog is bound to be alarming. While not all lumps and bumps are cancer related, dogs do commonly develop a number of different cancers that pet owners should be aware of.
When dogs don't feel well it can be difficult for even the most attentive owner to know just how serious the situation is. Today our Mooresville vets explain the signs and symptoms of five common dog illnesses that can be serious.
While food allergies are uncommon in dogs, when they do strike the symptoms can be stressful for owners and their canine companions. Here, our Mooresville vets share the best foods to help to alleviate your dogs food allergy symptoms.
Fleas can make your pet miserable! If left untreated, fleas can lead to infection and possibly cause more serious diseases. Here's a little from our Mooresville vets on how to spot the signs of flea infestations so that you can detect them early and keep your pet healthy.