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.
We all love our cats and love to snuggle up with them, but no one wants to share parasites with them. Children are especially susceptible to parasites that animals can carry, especially roundworms. Regular fecal exams and routine deworming can help ensure that you can snuggle safely with your beloved cat.
A fecal parasite screen is a test that we run in-clinic using fresh cat poop. This test helps us find out if your cat has an intestinal parasite.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
A fecal parasite screen reveals if your cat has parasites. The common parasites that we look for include roundworms, coccidia, giardia, hookworms, and whipworms. Many of these parasites can be picked up by your cat by ingestion of an infected rodent or feces of an infected cat. There is one parasite that can be more difficult to see in a fecal sample, and it is called tapeworm. They are more often seen on the fur around your cat’s bum, looking similar to sesame seeds. These parasites are not transferred from cat to cat but through a flea or rodent. If you see these on your cat’s fur, we can test them to assess whether it’s from a rodent or flea, which would help us with a better treatment plan for your cat.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
There are two different tests that we perform in-clinic. One test is a microscopic test, called a fecal float. With this test, the feces are mixed with a special fecal solution and then strained into a tube. A glass coverslip is placed on top of this tube, and it is then spun down in the centrifuge. This allows parasite eggs to rise to the top. Once it is spun, the coverslip is placed on a glass slide, and it is then assessed under a microscope. The second test we can perform is for giardia. With this test, a small amount of feces is mixed with a sensitive, specific fecal ELISA solution and several drops are placed on a device called a snap test. Once the analysis is complete, it gives us a positive or negative for giardia.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
The best way to collect your cat’s stool sample is to scoop it out of your cat’s litter box simply. A fresher sample is better (within 24 hours).
How much does a cat stool test cost?
The cost of a cat stool test varies on what test or tests need to be run. The common tests we run are a fecal float and a giardia test. We do our best to advise you on the best testing for your cat’s individual needs.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call 519-893-1360. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication. We are asking that all food and medications are pre-paid at the time of ordering it. If your food is not prepaid, we unfortunately cannot hold it for you for longer than 1 day at this time. If you are paying Debit, we will be allowing one client at a time to enter the clinic to pay. Currently, we prefer not to take cash.
Our online store is available to have your order delivered directly to your home. To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE
If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.
4. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm (food and medication pickup only)
- Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Manitou Animal Hospital Team