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.
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.
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 30, 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 250.715.5143. 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. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.
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 - 5:30 pm. Saturday: 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. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
7. 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.
- Your dedicated team at Prevost Veterinary Clinic