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!