Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

Urinalysis Testing: We routinely collect urine samples to assist in the diagnosis of infections, stones, and internal organ disease in our canine patients. Urine samples will often be collected in conjunction with blood samples in order to gain more complete information about your dog’s overall health.

Fecal Testing: Fecal samples are most frequently used to check for microscopic intestinal parasite eggs. If your dog experiences diarrhea or other signs of gastrointestinal distress, we will recommend bringing a fecal sample along to the appointment for parasite testing purposes.

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Why are canine fecal examinations recommended yearly?

As part of your dog’s annual exam, it is highly recommended to bring in a fecal sample to ensure your dog is free of intestinal parasites. Some of the more common intestinal parasites include Giardia, roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. Some of these parasites can infect humans and children are especially susceptible. For this reason, we recommend regular deworming at least throughout the warmer months. All our heartworm preventive medications also contain products for the treatment of roundworm and hookworm making this process simpler and more convenient for you.

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