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.

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Cat Fecal Exam

All cats, whether indoor or outdoor, are at risk of becoming infected with intestinal parasites. These parasites (worms) are responsible for a variety of health concerns in cats including vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and anemia. Every so often, a cat may have signs that parasites are causing a problem (an adult worm may be passed in their stool). However, in the majority of cases, cats do not show any outward signs of having worms. Annual fecal exams coupled with a routine parasite control program are the best way to ensure that intestinal worms are kept at bay.

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?

A fecal parasite screen is a laboratory test involving the microscopic examination of a stool sample from your cat in order to identify parasite eggs, adult worms or other microscopic parasitic organisms such as Giardia and coccidia. Most often, the fecal analysis is done on-site by one of our Registered Veterinary Technicians. Occasionally, depending on the concern, a stool sample may be sent to an external lab for more detailed testing.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?

A fecal parasite screen is the best way to identify the presence of microscopic worm eggs that are present inside the cat’s digestive tract. It also helps detect the presence of other parasitic organisms in the intestine such as Giardia or Coccidia. By having this knowledge, your veterinarian can make informed decisions on treatment for your cat.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?

A fecal parasite screen is performed through a process called fecal flotation whereby a small amount of stool from your cat is dissolved in a solution. This causes the parasite eggs and other parasitic organisms to float to the surface. Once the eggs reach the surface, they are transferred to a microscope slide for viewing. This technique may be paired with another method, referred to as the direct smear, for identification of specific organisms.

What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?

The most accurate results from a fecal parasite screen are obtained by using a stool sample that has been passed fairly close to the time when the test is run. It is also very beneficial if the sample has not been contaminated with a lot of kitty litter. Collect this sample in a clean container and bring it to us as soon as possible. Please place the sample in the fridge if you cannot bring it to us right away as this will help preserve it.

How much does a cat stool test cost?

Please call our hospital for the price of a fecal exam for your cat.


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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed reception area” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to please call the number posted on our windows. 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 and equine, as well as time-sensitive vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 7:30 pm. Saturday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm and Sunday: CLOSED

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 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 Avon Animal Hospital