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.
A fecal examination is the microscopic evaluation of feces. The test is indicated for pets with diarrhea, straining, weight loss, lack of appetite, or vomiting. Annual fecal examinations are recommended for all animals as part of a yearly health exam. Fecal examinations are also recommended for all kittens.
There is no contraindication to performing this test. Negative results help determine health or may exclude the presence of disease and gastrointestinal parasites.
Fecal examinations are performed to detect microscopic gastrointestinal parasites, such as roundworms, hookworms, Giardia, coccidia, and tapeworms. Some abnormal parasites known as spirochetes or flagellates can also be detected.
A positive test result indicates gastrointestinal parasitic disease. Negative results from one fecal sample may be misleading. Some parasites do not shed eggs consistently, so some samples may be negative even though the animal actually has a parasitic infection. Repeated fecal examinations may be necessary to detect some elusive parasites.
How is a fecal parasite screen done?
Several methods can be used with the preferred method depending on the organism suspected. Fecal floatation involves mixing and often centrifuging the sample with a special fluid. The sample is allowed to sit with a coverslip on top resulting in the organisms rising and concentrating at the top of the tube. The coverslip is then placed on a slide and examined under a microscope. Samples can be examined by a wet mount method which may allow better detection of motile organisms. Special stains can also be used to highlight various organisms. Each parasite has a characteristic appearance that can be detected by an experienced technician or veterinarian.
This fecal examination generally takes about 30 to 40 minutes and is performed in our hospital.
In some cases, our veterinarians may choose to submit the sample to an outside laboratory. Other tests such including PCR, fluorescent antibody, and antigen tests may be needed to detect some organisms including viruses that can’t be seen with a light microscope. If this is the case, test results may take 1 to 7 days to obtain.
Cat stool sample instructions?
The easiest way to do this is to pick up a sample of feces after your cat has eliminated. Please ensure you place the sample in a clean container. If there is going to be a delay in getting the sample to us, please place the sample in the fridge to keep it as fresh as possible. Fresh samples provide the most information.
Another method of obtaining a fecal sample is for one of our veterinarians to use an exam glove and place a finger in the rectum. Fecal material adheres to the glove and can be evaluated under a microscope.
Cat stool test cost?
Please call the clinic at 204-269-8162 and one of our team members will be happy to go over the different pricing options. Pricing is based on the extent of the test that is required.
Below are a few suggestions should you come across injured or orphaned wildlife. First, you need to determine if the wild animal is indeed injured or abandoned without putting yourself in harm’s way. Try not to have too much contact with the animal or to disturb the surroundings. If you are unsure, it is best that you leave it be and call a wildlife specialist to notify them about the animal and its location. Certain animals like rabbits and deer often leave their young alone for long periods throughout the day. If it appears healthy and well, do not disturb the animal.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 11, 2020 the restrictions on veterinary practices have been lifted. Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.
1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations.
2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE
Our "closed waiting room" policy will continue with 1 client being able to enter the hospital per appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 to let us know that you have arrived. We will inform you if the veterinarian is ready for your appointment. If not, you will be asked to wait in your vehicle or outside until we are ready.
Once your appointment is done, please feel free to wait in the exam room or you may return back to your vehicle.
Please bring a mask/facewear to your appointment.
You will be asked to sanitize your hands with our automatic dispenser upon entering the hospital.
If you would prefer a contact free visit, please email us at email@example.com and we will email you an appointment questionnaire prior to your appointment. Upon arrival, please call the hospital at 204-269-8162 and one of our team members will come to get your pet. The veterinarian will call you after the examination.
Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
**If you have ANY of the following : fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat or shortness of breath, please do NOT come to your appointment **
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. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Friday: 7:30 am - 6:00 pm Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday: CLOSED
5. PET BOARDING & GROOMING
Pet boarding is open as of June 15. Please call us at 204-261-5928 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make your reservations.
Daycare has reopened Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm. Book your play date today!
Closed waiting room still in place for all services. Please call 204-261-5928 upon arrival and one of our team members will be out to get your pet.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital