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 tests are recommended to detect internal parasites in our cats that are passed from infected dogs, cats, rodents and birds through their fecal matter. Young kittens will often be passed parasites from their mothers, either in the womb or through their mother’s milk.
A fecal parasite screen is a test that is done on a small sample of your cat’s feces; which can detect if your cat is carrying any internal parasites.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
Fecal test results may reveal the presence of common internal parasites such as roundworm, hookworm and/or Giardia. Depending on the type of parasite found; your veterinary team will be able to dispense the appropriate medication to rid your cat of these pesky parasites!
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
A small sample of your cat’s fecal material is closely examined under the microscope for the presence of various eggs. By seeing and identifying these eggs, it can be determined if any parasites are living within your cat’s intestinal tract, as well as what specific type they are.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
We can send you home with a pre-paid fecal container that contains special preservatives in it. After the samples are collected, you may then drop it off to us. Once we have the test results, if the results are negative then your cat is free from any parasites which are great news, and we will typically e-mail or call to inform you. If the test comes back positive and your cat does have a parasite, we will then call you and let you know what your next steps should be.
How much does a cat stool test cost?
For pricing, please contact the hospital 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 23, 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 902-477-4040. 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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 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.
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 Spryfield Animal Hospital