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.


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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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 250-743-3223. 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 on 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 as long as we have the staff available to maintain the standard practice protocols. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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.

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 Mill Bay Veterinary Hospital