Cat Fecal Exam

Fecal tests are recommended to detect internal parasites in our cats that are passed from infected dogs, cats, rodents and birds through their fecal matter. Most commonly in mature cats they can get it from walking through infected feces and then in the grooming process, lick and ingest the feces and get infected. They can even become infected by simply sniffing another animal’s feces. Young kittens will often be passed parasites from their mothers either in the womb or through their mother’s milk.

What is a fecal parasite screen?

A fecal parasite screen is a test that is done on a small sample of your cats feces; which can detect if your cat is carrying any internal parasites.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?

Fecal test results may reveal the presence of common internal parasites such as, roundworm, hookworm and/or Giardia. Depending on the type of parasite found; your veterinary team will be able to dispense the appropriate medication to rid your cat of these pesky parasites!

How is a fecal parasite screen done?

A small sample of your cats fecal material is closely examined under the microscope for the presence of various eggs. By seeing and identifying these eggs it can be determined if there are any parasites living within your cat’s intestinal tract as well as what specific type they are.

How do you take a cat stool sample?

At West Hill we can send you home with a pre-paid fecal container that contains special preservatives in it. We recommend that you collect 3 small samples of feces over the course of several days and place them in the container. After the samples are collected you may then drop it off to us. Once we have the test results, if the results are negative then your cat is free from any parasites which is great news and we will typically e-mail or call to inform you. If the test comes back positive and your cat does in fact have a parasite, we will then call you and let you know what your next steps should be.

What is the cost for a cat stool test?

Contact us to find out how much it costs to take home a pre-paid fecal container to help you collect your cats fecal sample!



Dr. R

Welcome Dr. Rebecca!

Introducing Dr. Rebecca Hu, DVM, B.Sc. our new Clinic Veterinarian.Graduating Year: I had the pleasure of attending veterinary school on the beautiful island of St. Kitts! I graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in December 2017.Joined the Clinic in: January 2018Areas of interest: Animal behavior/training, nutrition, rehabilitation, dentistry, neurology and surgery, to name a few!My favourite thing about the Clinic: Our clinic is like a well-oiled machine! There was a lot of anxiety coming in as a new graduate, but my fears were quickly extinguished thanks to this amazing team! And then there’s Buster and Tyson – a little snuggle time with these sweet boys gives me just what I need to keep going!My first pet: Starling, a Coconut Retriever from St. Kitts.What I love most about my job: Who doesn’t want to interact with animals all day?! From puppies and kittens to the sweet oldies. I love taking care of them all and feeling that sense of accomplishment when they get better. The smiles and gratitude I receive from pet parents is the cherry on top!Fun fact about me: I love being outdoors! Whether it’s hiking up a 3,792-foot volcano with my pack or hitting up a food festival, I’m the happiest when I’m outside!

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