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

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?


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.

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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 Monday, March 23, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-544-7387. 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, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten 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 - 6:00 pm.

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.

6. Online consultations are now available! If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.

7. 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 Barriefield Animal Hospital