Cat Fecal Exam
Have you ever seen those little rice grains in your pet’s stool or around his bottom? Well, those are tapeworms, an intestinal parasite contracted by ingesting external parasites – usually fleas! Parasites, both internal and external, are a zoonotic threat that should be taken seriously by every pet parent. Not only can they make your pet’s life uncomfortable, but many parasites pose a risk to you and your family, as well. Internal parasites, including intestinal worms and heartworms, can be easily prevented with strategic deworming alongside the monthly use of one of our recommended heartworm preventives, which also control intestinal parasites.
What is fecal parasite screen?
A parasite screen is a non-invasive diagnostic test used to detect internal parasites. Typically, only a small sample of stool is required, and results are often reported within 24-48hrs.
What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?
A fecal parasite screen typically consists of stool material mixed with a special solution that causes the parasite eggs to float to the surface. When the eggs are collected from the surface of the liquid onto a glass slide, we can examine it under the microscope. If eggs are present, the type of parasite can often be identified by the appearance of the eggs.
Cat stool sample instructions?
When collecting a fecal sample, fresh is best. You can take the stool sample right out of the litterbox but remember that the least amount of litter in the sample, the better. Scoop about a teaspoon of fresh poop off the ground or out of the litter box.