Cat Fecal Exam
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.
What is a cat fecal parasite screen?
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.