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.

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Cat Fecal Exam

Fecal examinations are not only limited to parasite screenings, but they can also be used to test for certain deficiencies or help determine the cause of chronic diarrhea.

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?


A cat fecal parasite screen is a diagnostic test that can be done in a hospital or at an outside laboratory. The screen checks the stool sample for the presence of parasite eggs or parasites.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?


A fecal parasite screen will test for the presence of tapeworm, roundworm, hookworm, giardia and coccidia. Other less common parasites can also be determined.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?


A small amount of stool (about 1 tbsp) is mixed with a special solution to help parasite eggs float. The sample is placed in a test tube and spun at high speeds in a centrifuge. By doing this, the eggs move to the top of the test tube where they are collected and place on a microscope slide for evaluation.

What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?


With stool, we recommend the freshest sample possible. Stool over 12 hours old can rarely give any answers. We recommend placing the sample in a plastic bag and bringing it with you for the appointment or at a predetermined time as discussed with your veterinarian.

How much does a cat stool test cost?


Please contact the hospital if you would like to schedule your cat for a stool test. We can discuss an appointment time and the price associated with a fecal examination.

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Last updated: May 11, 2020

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 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

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. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

- Monday & Tuesday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday & Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
- Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 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!

- Your dedicated team at St. Vital Veterinary Hospital