We remain open to provide care for your pets. We are following the direction of government and regulatory authorities and have implemented hospital and visit protocols to keep both you and our team safe. For regular updates on our hours and visit protocols, please follow our social media platforms.

Why Does Your Pet Need an Annual Fecal?

We all know that your pet’s annual appointment and vaccines are part of keeping them happy and healthy, but a yearly fecal is equally as important. We recommend doing a fecal on your pet at least once a year. Running a fecal every year will ensure there are no intestinal parasites in your pet. Even on regular prevention, your pet could still pick up parasites from the environment and other animals. Because these parasites live in your pet’s gastrointestinal tract, it is easy for them to be missed, because we cannot see them like fleas or ticks. When we are screening fecal samples, we are looking for eggs or segments that are shed by the parasite and not the worm itself. So just because you do not see worms in your pet’s stools does not mean they are not there.

At KVC we offer fecal’s that can detect;

  1. Roundworms; is one of the most common intestinal parasites we see in dogs. It is very common for puppies to be infested, and they can infest humans as well.
  2. Hookworms; is a blood-feeding parasite that attaches to the lining of your pet’s intestinal tract. They are very small but can cause heavy infections that result in severe inflammation and blood loss.
  3. Tapeworms; is an intestinal parasite that is usually contacted from your pet ingesting fleas.
  4. Whipworms; are an intestinal parasite that lives primarily in the cecum, the attach to the lining of the intestine and feed on blood, other tissue fluids and the lining.
  5. Coccidia; is a single-celled parasite that lives in the lining of the intestine and can be picked up from the environment as well as other pets.
  6. Giardia; is a microscopic, protozoan parasite that causes inflammation of the intestinal tract that can be very serious. Giardia is transmitted by the ingestion of water or food that has been contaminated by stools of infected people and animals.

To have a fecal done at the clinic, we should have an up to date annual exam on your pet, but if you are unable to collect a sample the day of your appointment, you can always drop one off at a later time. You do not need any special containers; you just need to bring us a fresh sample in a poop bag, and we will take care of the rest. The fresher the sample, the better. If you are unable to bring the sample in right away, we recommend storing it in the fridge.

A fecal should be run annually. However, there are some times we recommend bringing one to your appointment so we can examine them immediately. If you are bringing your pet in because you see the following symptoms, we recommend bringing a fresh fecal sample with you this includes; vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or your pet has been scooting on its hind end. Give the clinic a call to inquire about an annual fecal for your pet!

Written by: Miranda Mathieson, RVT

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 613-542-7337. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We can now see all cases by appointment only.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours:
Monday to Tuesday: 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday to Friday: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. We accept credit card and debit card.

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

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Kingston Veterinary Clinic