Monday, May 19, 2014

Bringing a Fecal Sample to Your Veterinarian | #ScoopThatPoop

It's time once again for our monthly #ScoopThatPoop campaign. You can join us and Golden Woofs as we help raise awareness on the importance of scooping your dog's poop. Dog poop is bad for the environment and no one likes stepping in it, so make sure you scoop your dog's poop! It's part of being a responsible dog parent.

Tips for bringing a fecal sample to your veterinarian

Today, I wanted to talk about bringing a fecal sample to your veterinarian. At least once a year, your veterinarian most likely wants to check your dog's stool. Why? Well, you dog's doctor will run simple tests on your dog's stool to check for worm eggs that can commonly be found in dog poop.


How do you collect a stool sample for your veterinarian? 

There are definitely quite a few do's and don'ts of bringing a fecal sample to your vet. Poop is messy and no one likes getting dog poop on them. Here are a few do's and don'ts of bringing your dog's fecal sample to the vet:
  • DO bring a stool sample in a container that is sealed well. Many vets can provide you with a special vial to put your dog's poop inside of. Tupperware also works well if you have any to spare. 
  • DO double bag your sample if you are using a baggie. It wouldn't be good if the poop leaked in your car or the receptionist's desk. 
  • DO write your dog's information on the container. This could help avoid any confusion at the vet's office. 
These are common fecal sample collection containers.
  • DON'T bring in a humongous sized sample. The stool sample container does not need to be brimming to the top with dog poop. It really only takes a little bit of poop. Usually, one gram of stool is plenty. 
  • DON'T bring in a sample that is old and all dried up. 
  • DO bring a fresh sample when you can. If you can't bring the sample to the doctor's office immediately, keep it in your refrigerator. (Another reason double bagging is nice.)
I think I've covered the basic stool sample collection rules here for dogs. If you have any further tips, please share them with us in the comments! 

And we welcome bloggers to join us for the #ScoopThatPoop blog hop which is open for a few days. 

31 comments:

  1. Bawahwhahhwhaa hope you got lots of treats Shiner for that pose BOL xxoxxx


    Mollie and Alfie

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  2. Soon Sugar needs to take a sample of her poop to the vet. Love that container with a mini scooper. Golden Thanks for the tips and joining #ScoopThatPoop hop. Golden Woofs

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    1. Those are the containers we used to use at the vet clinic. They really aren't as helpful as the look though lol.

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  3. That container with the mini scooper, is a lot better than the plastic bag my mom always uses. Sniff and wags from Laika and Vaks.

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  4. Hmmm, I've never brought a stool sample to the vet...they just go in there and get some (OUCH!). BOL

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    1. Tell your moms that if she brings a sample ahead of time she could save you from the embarassment! But yes, we did do a lot of manual sample collections...

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  5. Quick question, how long is this hop open for?

    Great tips BTW! I have brought a sample in to the vet before,. when I was concerned about worms. I used a small dip container with a lid......and of course through it out after! ICK!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. It says right below the hop "4 days" as of right now. It's been a long day, so I guess that might be Thursday? Or Friday?

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  6. The vet here always gives us those sample containers but they probably charge us somewhere in the bill I bet. Well modelled Shiner. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Yea, I'm sure the charge is included with the test fee. We use those containers to run the actual test too so it's not just for holding the poop. We fill them with a special liquid solution to "float" the poop in, let it sit for 10 mins with a microscope slide on top and then take it off and check it out under the microscope for eggs!

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  7. Oh yes, leaking in the car would not be good!

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  8. Good points. Mom collects ours in poop bags and then puts them in a ziplock. Not a fun job, but it is what pet parents do!

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  9. We use drinking straws and throw them into ziplock bags. Straws will slide down into the poop easily to get a small sample and keep it fresher since air can't get to most of it. Then all the tech has to do is squeeze the straw above where she sees the end of the sample and push/slide it out to get as much as she needs.

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    1. I have never seen anyone do that before, but that is a brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing this!

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  10. Oh my gosh, poor Shiner! You violated her ma! Shame on you for posted that pic. ;)

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  11. I was so happy we had Sage's poop checked during her physical a couple of weeks ago. She had somehow picked up a fluke--one found in snails/tadpoles/field mice and more commonly found in outdoor cats, not dogs. I can't imagine her eating a snail or tadpole/frog but she dug up (and ate) a vole a couple of times several months ago. I quickly stopped that practice, but apparently not before the damage was done. Fortunately the treatment went well and hopefully we'll have no more of that!

    So, yes, fecal checking is really important.

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    1. Oh my goodness! I have never seen any dog with a fluke before. Maybe they are less common around here.

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  12. these are good tips! i probably have been bringing in waaaay too much poop for a sample ha. never really thought about how little they really need. thanks for sharing poop advice :)

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    1. Well, I say that because sometimes people will bring in huge trashbags filled with their 150 lb rottweilers sample of diarrhea or something...

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  13. Great tips, oh how I hate it when they bring me a gigantic pile or ones that have been roasting in the car for a while.

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  14. I always use the double baggie style. My vet usually just gets the sample from the boys when we get there with a little tool. I've seen owners bring an entire pile with them though. Haha!

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    1. Yea, it's pretty easy to go in and get it :)

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  15. I have to admit no one has ever told us how to do it the right way. Thanks! Love Dolly

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  16. I can never get a specimen the day of one of my dogs' appointments. I watch them like a hawk, but all three seem to know when it is their turn to go to the vet, and hold it in. We have no signs of worms or GI problems, so my vet is ok with it.

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    1. Well that's good. Funny that they hold it in when it's time to go to the vet.

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  17. Haha, does Shiner know what kind of ptotos you're posting of her online?! ;)

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    1. If she did I might be in trouble! Lol!

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