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.
Fecal testing is a method of checking for intestinal parasites. There are a variety of different parasites such as roundworm, hookworm, giardia, or tapeworms that your cat could be hosting. Many pets do not show any clinical signs of intestinal parasite infections.
How can they be infected?
All cats should have fecal testing and/or deworming at least annually and more often if they go outdoors. Cats can become infected with intestinal parasites from hunting prey, or even from grooming microscopic parasite eggs off their paws. Indoor pets are less likely to become infected. However, mice, crickets, fleas, cockroaches and other insects can harbour eggs and transmit them when they are eaten. If an indoor animal shares the home with an animal that goes outside, there can be a transfer of parasites between pets. If you are concerned your cat may have parasites or have any questions, please call the clinic and we will be happy to advise you based on your pet’s specific needs.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
When collecting a sample for fecal testing, FRESH is best! If you are not able to bring the sample in right away, seal it in a container or bag and refrigerate (don’t freeze) the sample until you can drop it off at the clinic on the same day as collection. There are a variety of different types of fecal testing. We send our fecal samples to a reference laboratory for a fecal flotation and fecal antigen testing as our primary methods of screening.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 2020 the 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 us. 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 (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".
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, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital