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.
There are few places in the world that are as interested in poop as a veterinary clinic. Why may you ask? Because a fecal exam can detect evidence of intestinal parasites long before other signs are evident. Parasites can be transmitted through hunting, fleas, eating stool, even in-utero, so it is difficult to immediately know if your cat is carrying any infections. Parasitic infections may cause diarrhea, ill thrift, respiratory illness or intestinal obstruction. The majority is health issues arise as numbers build, so early detection means treatment. We also consider that some worms can be spread to humans so fecal exams are important to your health as well.
A cat fecal parasite screen can mean a variety of different tests that analyze a stool sample. At Southampton Pet Hospital, we may use this term for a fecal centrifugation done in-clinic or a gastrointestinal parasite diagnostic panel that goes to an external lab. Different tests provide answers to different questions, so we review what information we are obtaining to any test we perform.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
A standard fecal exam looks for the eggs of intestinal worms or the parasite itself.
How is a fecal parasite screen performed?
A routine fecal exam includes a gross assessment of stool since the quality of the stool is a reflection of intestinal health. A fecal float uses the centrifugation technique to maximize detection. After flotation is complete, the sample is examined under a microscope to identify eggs.
What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?
The simplest technique is to cover your hand with a plastic bag, pick up a fresh stool with that hand then roll the bag off your hand and over the fecal sample. We only need about a teaspoon-sized sample.
How much does a cat stool test cost?
A fecal exam does not require a physical exam of our patients unless there are specific health concerns. We offer a reduced fee for fecal screening with our annual examinations.
With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 15, 2020 some 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. NEW PET OWNERS
Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.
5. OPERATING HOURS
We are OPEN with the following hours:
- Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm - Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm - Sunday: CLOSED
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!