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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: December 15, 2020

Dear Clients,

Due to high numbers of COVID-19 and recent changes to restrictions, we will be returning to a full closed door policy effective Monday October 26th.

In order to maintain everyone's safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following procedures have been implemented:

a) With the exception of euthanasia, clients will no longer be able to accompany their pets into the hospital for their appointment. Appointments will be conducted over the phone.

b) Parking stall signs will be placed in front of each parking stall giving direction on how to proceed once you arrive.  When arriving for an appointment we ask that you remain in your vehicle and call us at 204-253-2668 to check in, we will provide further information on next steps.

c) When picking up food or medication please TEXT your last name, pets name and stall# to 431-400-7822.  This information will be on the parking stall signage.

d) In order to further decrease traffic we encourage you to purchase your pet food and non-prescription supplies online using our online store (direct access to the online store is also available on our website).  Your purchase will be shipped directly to your home.  Orders over $100 ship for free!

e) Prescriptions and in clinic purchases of food and supplies must be pre-ordered.

f) We will continue with cashless payment options (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX & E-Transfer).

g) A specific amount of time has been allotted for your appointment so if your pet needs additional services (nail trim, anal glands etc.) please let us know in advance.

If you have a fever, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of sense of smell, sore throat, painful swallowing, headache, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of appetite, chills, or fever we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

If you have been instructed to self isolate for 14 days due to travel from Eastern Canada, travelled outside of Canada, had contact with someone known to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days, or are waiting for COVID-19 test results we ask that you do not attend your pet's appointment.

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

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.

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