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.
A fecal examination is the microscopic evaluation of feces. The test is indicated for pets with diarrhea, straining, weight loss, lack of appetite, or vomiting. We may look at the feces passed by a cat to determine if it is infected with internal parasites or abnormal bacteria. Such infections may be contagious within cat species, other animal species, or even people. The exam is not only a valuable tool to maintain individual health, but also the health of all living beings under your roof.
A parasite screen is a simple, in-clinic fecal analysis used to detect internal parasites. Only a small sample is required, and results are typically ready the same day. Sometimes, repeat fecal analysis are required to rule out false negatives or to confirm treatment has been successful.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
The test looks for evidence of parasites in their different life stages such as adult worms, larvae, or eggs. Some of these parasites reside in the intestinal tract, but evidence of lung and liver parasites may also be seen. Other infections such as giardia (a water-borne parasite), or unusual bacterial species may also be detected.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
A sample of the feces (fresh) needs to be obtained and dropped off at the clinic in a clean container. A veterinary technician will then prepare the fecal sample according to what the vet is looking for based on their physical exam and history of the pet.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
Ideally, a fecal sample would be collected in a clean litter box filled with pellet litter, so the sample is not full of clay; however, some cats are particular about their bathroom habits. If you have multiple cats in the home, it is best if you separate the cats to ensure who the sample is from.
How much does a cat stool test cost?
For pricing, please contact the clinic and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.
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, 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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic