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 examinations can reveal potential digestive issues from diarrhea to worms in the stool. They are recommended on a case-by-case basis. We recommend deworming your cat at least 3-4 times per year (ideally monthly in the summer). It will prevent any possible complications from intestinal parasites.
Animal Medical Centre North does offer in-house fecal screening. If more diagnostics are needed, we will send it out to an external lab. Our veterinarians can discuss diagnostic options based on your pet’s case.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
The test can reveal a multitude of things from adult worm eggs to bacterial overload. Every animal is unique, so each fecal screen can disclose an array of information. It can also aid the veterinarian in choosing which medications to prescribe.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
Fecal screens consist of doing a direct smear, which is then stained and observed under a microscope. We may also add a special solution to the fecal sample causing eggs to float which may then be observed with a microscope.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
Usually, a fresh sample is preferred as it is easier to identify the parasites. It is best to use a litter box with no litter, so it will not contaminate the sample.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 25, 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 to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 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 Animal Medical Centre North