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Cat Fecal Exam

We offer in-house fecal analysis as well as more specialized fecal testing at our outside laboratory. Testing a fecal sample is an important part of your cat’s wellness or yearly examination as this can tell us if there is evidence of internal parasites.

What is a cat fecal parasite screen?

A fecal parasite screen is the examination of your cat’s feces under a microscope. It can identify ova (eggs) that are shed from parasites in your cat’s intestines. In-house testing can identify common parasites and heavy infestations. However, our outside laboratory offers even more accurate testing for a more diverse spectrum of parasites.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?

We do in-house parasite screening by dissolving feces in a solution that causes ova (eggs) to rise to the surface. These are then transferred to a microscope slide to be examined and identified under the microscope.

What is the best method for collecting my cat’s stool?

Fresh fecal samples should be collected from your cat’s litter as soon as possible using a plastic bag and gloves. Try to avoid collecting excessive amounts of litter with the sample.

How much does a cat stool test cost?

For more information, kindly give us a call at one of our three locations, and one of our team members will be happy to assist you!


Holiday Hours for 2021

Please keep in mind our holiday hours for 2021.

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Last updated: August 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

We are all aware of the concerns and rapidly changing situation with COVID-19. Due to the close public contact that our work requires, we have taken necessary measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members. As part of our due diligence, we have decided to consolidate our staff by maintaining all operations at Merritt Animal Hospital and Dresden Veterinary Clinic with a closed door policy and have our Sydenham River location open for medication/food pickup ONLY. 

The safety of our team members and clients is very important to us. As such, we will continue to follow all provincial health standards by having extensive cleaning protocols, wearing masks and gloves, and practicing physical distancing as much as possible within our teams.

Based on these changes, below are some important updates to our operating policies.



If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link.


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.


Merritt Animal Hospital:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Dresden Veterinary Clinic:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Sydenham River Veterinary Office:
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: Closed

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members again!

- Your D.M.S Group Veterinary Team