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.
Fecal examinations can be useful in situations where cats are experiencing gastrointestinal problems. A fecal examination can help identify parasites or even viral infections that could be contributing to the problems. It is a non-invasive way to obtain information that could be very important in treating your cat’s gastrointestinal problems.
A fecal parasite screen will test the stool for possible parasites that pass through the intestinal tract. A general screening will look for the more commonly found parasites. Sometimes the doctor will require a more detailed screen to find less common parasitic infections if initial testing comes back negative, or if initial treatments fail to resolve the problem effectively.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
Fecal samples are sent to a commercial laboratory for processing and testing. Depending on the situation, a microscopic analysis of the sample may be performed, or biochemical testing for antigens or genetic material associated with parasites or viruses may be performed.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
A fresh sample will lead to the most reliable results. A fecal sample that is dried out will be less useful, but a sample that is too liquid to separate from the litter is also less useful. If you are having difficulty collecting a sample from your cat, contact the clinic and we will aid in this process.
Southpointe Pet Hospital is committed to doing our part in protecting our community from the spread of COVID-19. To allow us to continue operating during the pandemic, we have implemented a CLOSED DOOR POLICY.
For the safety of our staff, clients and our entire community, ONLY ONE CLIENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO ACCOMPANY THEIR PET INTO THE BUILDING AT A TIME, and A MASK MUST BE WORN TO ENTER.
When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will advise you on when you can enter for your appointment, or deliver prescriptions and food orders to your vehicle.
For safety reasons, please be prepared to pay with CREDIT or DEBIT, as cash will not be accepted. If you do not have a phone or if your animal is experiencing an emergency, please knock on the door to alert our staff.
As of June 29, 2020, we are resuming normal scheduling of non-urgent appointments, including annual exams, vaccinations, spays and neuters with clients present.
Hours of Operation Monday to Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Sunday: Closed
Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this situation together.