We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.
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.
Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.
The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 2020:
1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 403.246.1115. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan.
2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.
3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the Online Store, visit our website.
5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.
6. Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.
Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.