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.
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, CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE BUILDING.
When you arrive in our parking lot, please remain in your vehicle and call (403) 532-0085. Our staff will come to you to collect your animal for their appointment, or to 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.
At this time, appointments will only be booked when medically necessary. Any non-urgent appointment requests will be temporarily postponed. If you have an emergency that requires immediate attention, please proceed directly to Fish Creek 24Hr Pet Hospital and call (403) 873-1700 to alert them of your arrival.
Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this situation together.