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Stool and Urine Testing

Depending on their state of health, urinalysis and fecal tests are an integral part of your pet’s comprehensive examination. A complete urinalysis can detect the presence of a urinary tract infection, kidney or metabolic diseases, and even certain crystals that can lead to bladder stones. Fecal exams enable your veterinarian to determine if your pet has intestinal parasites that can cause gastrointestinal issues.

Why do we recommend annual fecal exams?

Dogs will be dogs and there is a high likelihood that your pet will pick up intestinal parasites. An annual fecal exam will help us detect these as soon as possible, thereby preventing many gastrointestinal issues.

What is the best way to collect a stool sample from my pet?

You can collect your cat’s stools directly from the litter box. For dogs and cats, make sure you collect an adequate quantity of feces: it takes about 2 g to carry out the analysis. Keep it in the fridge before bringing it to the clinic. Ideally, we ask that the stools be fresh and delivered to us within 24 hours.

Do you perform urinalyses and biopsies at your veterinary clinic?

We are able to do most urinalyses in-house. When a biopsy is performed at the clinic, the collected samples are sent to an outside lab for analysis.

Last updated: May 30, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we are pleased to advise that effective May 19, 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

  • Continue our "closed waiting room" policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain outside the hospital and use your cell phone to call us. We will take a history of your pet's health and discuss any concerns. A staff member will then meet you outside to bring your pet into the hospital for an examination. The Veterinarian will call you to discuss the recommended treatment plan. After your appointment, a staff member will return your pet to you outside, and take care of any needed medications and payment.
  • Continue the use of credit cards as the preferred payment method.
  • Continue with curbside pickup of food and medication (unless you have used our online store and are having your order delivered directly to your home). To place an order through our online store, visit our website and click on "Online Store".
  • 3. OPERATING HOURS We are OPEN with the following hours:
    Monday to Friday: 8 am - 8 pm
    Saturday: 9 am - 5 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!

    - The team at Hull Veterinary Hospital