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Dog Urinalysis and Fecal Exam

The urinalysis is an important part of any database of laboratory tests. It is a vital screening tool whether or not an infection is suspected. The urinalysis examines chemical properties of the urine sample such as the pH, specific gravity (a measure of concentration), and amount of protein or other biochemical compounds. It also includes a visual inspection of the urine sediment to look for crystals, cells or bacteria.

Why are fecal examinations recommended yearly?


We recommend annual fecal tests to ensure your pet is parasite-free. This is particularly important in higher-risk households (such as those that include very young, very elderly or immunocompromised individuals). Speak to our veterinary team about the proper frequency of tests for your specific family pet and situation.

If my pet’s urine test reveals a urinary tract infection, what can I do?


Our veterinarians will recommend treatment options for your pet, depending on their unique situation. Antibiotics, medications, diet changes, or even surgery to remove bladder stones may be required, depending on your pet’s condition. We advise that you always refer to our team’s expert advice first, prior to consulting DIY treatments, which often inflict more harm than good.

How is a fecal parasite screen performed?


Once fecal samples are collected, they can be tested by smearing, flotation or centrifugation and enzyme linked immunosorbent assay at an external testing laboratory.

What is a fecal parasite screen?


Fecal parasite screening is the process of detecting the presence of an intestinal parasite burden in your pet.

What does a fecal parasite screen reveal?


The analysis identifies eggs or ova of intestinal parasites.

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


The fresher the stool samples the better. Pick up a sample as soon as your pet poops and put it in a plastic sandwich bag or a disposable container.

Last updated: May 25, 2020

Dear Clients,

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!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

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

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed

5. 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.

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

- Your dedicated team at Osgoode Veterinary Servicesl