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We like to check a sample of your pet’s feces every year. We know cats can spread intestinal parasites, like worms, to people. Even though many cats are regularly dewormed, there are some parasites that aren’t routinely covered. Sources of parasites include other cats or wildlife feces in your yard or garden, drinking out of puddles and hunting and eating prey, especially small rodents. Indoor cats are still at risk for parasites as you can bring parasite eggs in on your shoes or certain flying insects can be sourced.
The fecal parasite screen is just bringing us a small sample (five grams or one teaspoon is enough) of your cat’s feces (poop). We then send it out to a laboratory that looks for the presence of parasite eggs in the feces.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
We like to check a sample of your pet’s feces every year. One of the most common things that we see spread from pets to people is intestinal parasites, like worms. Even though many dogs and cats are regularly dewormed, there are some parasites that aren’t routinely covered. Sources of parasites include other pet’s or wildlife feces in the environment, drinking out of puddles and hunting and eating prey, especially small rodents. In addition, serious infections can be passed through the feces of some wild animals like raccoons.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
Once the sample of feces arrives at the laboratory, they mix it with a special solution to help the eggs float. The sample is placed in a test tube and spun at high speed in a centrifuge. This makes the eggs move to the top of the test tube where they are collected and placed on a microscope slide for examination.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
It is as easy as scooping up a sample from your cat’s litter box and putting it in a bag and bringing it to us. Cat litter will not interfere with the test. Just be sure you bring us a feces clump, not a urine clump if you are using clumping cat litter. Collecting a sample from a cat that only goes outdoors can be a little more challenging. Most cats go the bathroom after they eat so keeping an eye on where they go after feeding them will help you find the sample.
How much does a cat stool test cost?
There are a few different tests that we can run on feces. Please feel free to call our office, and we can let you know the cost of the various tests.
In April of 2018, I lost my best friend, Becky. She was my 13-year-old beagle I had loved since I was 8 years old. She was my whole world, and when she passed away, my heart was empty for a long time. I never thought I’d have another dog again.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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
Starting September 14, 2020, we will be allowing up to 3 clients in the building at a time. We ask that our clients wear a mask when entering the clinic. We will continue our "locked door" 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 then ask if you are comfortable coming into the clinic (1 person per patient) as well as perform COVID screening questions. If you are comfortable coming into the clinic, a staff member will meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for the examination. If you are not comfortable coming into the clinic, the technician will phone you to take the history needed for your appointment and 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 - please note that evening appointments are only available for vaccination clinics:
Monday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm Tuesday to Thursday: 8:00am - 8:00pm Friday: 8:00am - 5:30pm Saturday: 8:30 am - 1:30 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!