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.

Pet Urinalysis and Fecal Examinations

What is a urinalysis?

A complete urinalysis involves taking a sample of your dog or cat’s urine and testing it for the presence of blood, glucose, ketones and inflammatory cells. We also determine the specific gravity of the urine which lets us know something about how well the kidneys can concentrate the urine. Finally, we examine a specimen of urine under a microscope looking for cell types and crystals.

Why should I have my dog or cat’s urine evaluated?

Any time your pet has difficulty urinating or you see blood in your pet’s urine, a urinalysis should be performed. Your veterinarian may also have the periodic urinalysis run if your pet has kidney disease or diabetes.

What are fecal examinations?

Fecal examinations are done to evaluate the presence or absence of intestinal parasite eggs. Individual fecal tests can also be done to identify DNA of intestinal parasites in stool samples. Bacteriologic testing can also be done to evaluate common organisms that may cause diarrhea conditions.

How often should I have my dog or cat’s feces examined?

Puppies and kittens should have at least three monthly fecal tests for routine parasites. Adult dogs are typically done once a year or if medical conditions indicate testing.

Can fecal test determine the type of bacteria in my pet’s stool?

There are specialized tests that can identify specific bacteria such as Salmonella, E Coli or Clostridial organisms in a stool sample. Full Circle Veterinarians will direct you to the appropriate tests.

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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.

The following changes are effective as of Monday, March 23, 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 902.461.0951. We will take a history of your pet over the phone, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. Once the examination is finished, we will call to discuss our recommended treatment plan over the phone and then return to your vehicle with your pet. Please ensure your pet has a properly fitted collar or is in a secure carrier. Please remove any additional clothing or blankets prior to our staff handling our patients to minimize risk to our team.

2. We are still OPEN but are now working in two shifts with reduced hours, reduced staff numbers and a need to close for extensive cleaning between shifts. Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

3. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 2-4 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.

4. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

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. You may see our team members wearing additional protective gear when interacting with our clients and patients.

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 Full Circle Veterinary Alternatives Inc.