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. Open 7 days a week
Fecals are fun! Fecals can be a part of your cat’s annual exam and are a great diagnostic tool for detecting GI tract concerns, intestinal parasites or protozoans such as giardia (‘beaver fever”). Fecals also assist in assessing intestinal bacterial growth. Your veterinarian will often recommend a fecal analysis if your cat is suffering from diarrhea, unexplained weight loss or generalized unthriftiness.
A parasite screen is a simple, in-hospital fecal analysis used to detect internal parasites. Only a small sample is required and results are typically ready same day. Sometimes repeat fecal analyses are required to rule out false negatives or to confirm treatment has been successful.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
A fecal screen can give your veterinarian a better look at what is going on inside your cat’s gastrointestinal tract. We typically look for parasite eggs, giardia, the presence of blood in the stool and the overall bacterial activity. These few things can greatly assist your veterinarian in diagnosing your cat’s illness.
How is a fecal parasite screen done?
A small amount of feces is mixed into a specific fecal floatation solution. This then sits for 10 minutes to allow any parasite eggs to float to the top of the solution. A sample of the solution is then evaluated under a microscope for parasite eggs, giardia cysts, and bacteria growth.
Cat stool sample instructions?
A fresh sample is best, you can collect the stool sample right out of the litterbox. The least amount of litter on the sample, the better. Only a small sample is required and you can bring the sample to the hospital in a clean plastic container or Ziploc bag.
How much does a cat fecal exams cost?
To obtain an accurate quote for a feline fecal exam, give our office a call at 250-334-8400.
Van Isle Veterinary Hospital is super excited to be hosting our 4th annual cupcake day fundraiser! BCSPCA celebrates “Treat Week” across the Province from Feb 24th – March 1st 2020 where business, pet owners and animal lovers can bake up a storm and sell treats with the proceeds going to BC animals in need.
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, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!
As you can imagine, we have a significant backlog of surgeries and wellness/vaccine exams to catch up on and we will be working hard over the next several weeks to do just that. We want to thank everyone in advance for your patience while we work through this. Although restrictions have been lifted, our health and safety protocols have not. It is important we continue to follow the guidelines set out by Worksafe BC and social distance our large team as much as possible. This means although we can offer these elective services, we are doing much fewer during the day then we were pre-COVID.
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
During the first 8 weeks of COVID, we were operating as a 24-hour facility to better serve our community and to maintain social distancing within our team. However, as the COVID-19 situation changes, so do we!
Our team of doctors felt it was important to get back to performing your pet’s much needed regular services. In order to do so safely, we had to once again change the way we do business.
We are OPEN with the following hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Saturday & Sunday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
We are continuing to expand our hours to better serve our clients and social distance our team with 1 vet and 1 tech here until 11:00 pm, 7 days a week.
Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!
- Your dedicated team at Van Isle Veterinary Hospital