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Cat Fecal Exam

Many cats are prone to harbouring internal parasites. Blood sucking hookworms live in the small intestine and can cause anemia. Other parasites include roundworms and tapeworms, that live in the intestines. Persistent dry coughing can indicate the presence of lungworms. The symptoms of internal parasites may include diarrhea, anemia, weight loss, and general unthriftiness. Kittens can be severely weakened by parasite loads they contract from their mother, so deworming kittens regularly for the first 6 months is paramount for a healthy kitten. Adult cats should be dewormed at intervals recommended by your veterinarian according to their lifestyle, and the environment.

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?

Most internal parasites are invisible to the human eye, and therefore we look microscopically for the ova (eggs) of these parasites using the fecal floatation method. Fecal testing in our hospital also includes a fecal smear that is studied microscopically to determine imbalances in bacteria load and sporulating clostridium.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?

We use fecal sampling to detect the presence of internal parasites such as roundworms, hookworm, lungworm coccidia, giardia. All of these parasites can cause symptoms of diarrhea, anemia, coughing, weight loss and general unthriftiness.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?

A small amount of feces is required for testing.

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

Please use gloves to collect a small amount of your cat’s stool and place in a clean plastic container. It is best to have fresh samples that are not severely contaminated with kitty litter.

How much does a cat stool test cost?

Please call our hospital for pricing on fecal testing.

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Last updated: May 29, 2020

Dear Clients,

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

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 Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital