Our team continues to be here for you and your cherished pets. We are OPEN and are now able to provide a wide range of services. To learn more about the changes we have implemented in response to COVID-19 and what to expect during your next visit, click here.
Internal parasites are common in cats. Often, cats do not show any outward signs of having worms. Occasionally, cats may pass adult worms or worm segments in their stool that can be easily seen. More frequently, the worms live in the intestinal tract of the cat, but they are not detected. Fecal exams allow veterinarians to detect intestinal worms by looking for the microscopic eggs that the adult worms shed in the stool.
A fecal parasite screen is a laboratory test that examines a stool sample from your cat for microscopic parasite eggs or other microscopic parasitic organisms, such as Giardia and coccidia. It is done using a microscope by an experienced laboratory technician or veterinary pathologist.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
The fecal parasite screen reveals the presence of microscopic eggs from adult worms that are present inside the cat’s digestive tract, or the presence of microscopic parasitic organisms, such as Giardia or coccidia that have colonized the cat’s intestinal tract.
How is a fecal parasite screen done?
The screening test involves taking a stool sample and dissolving it in a diluent solution. The solution is allowed to stand for a period of time with a microscope slide in contact with the upper end of the container of diluent. This allows the parasite eggs to float to the top of the solution and contact the microscope slide. After the required standing time, the microscope slide is then examined under the microscope and scanned in all fields for parasite eggs and other parasitic organisms.
Cat stool sample instructions?
Collect the stool into any clean container and bring it to us as soon as possible. If there is going to be a delay, placing the sample in the fridge will help keep it as fresh as possible. The fresher the sample, the more accurate the results.
Cat stool test cost?
If you call the clinic, we are happy to go over pricing with you, based on your pet’s needs.
Indoor cats need enrichment and mental stimulation. Enrichment can increase activity (which can help with weight control) and prevent many behavioural issues related to low mental stimulation (things like inappropriate litter box usage, anxiety, aggression and attention-seeking).
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!