How to Collect a Stool Sample

IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE YOUR PET'S STOOL CHECKED FOR PARASITES ONCE A YEAR FOR THE HEALTH OF YOUR PET AND YOUR FAMILY AS MANY PARASITES ARE TRANSMITTED TO HUMANS.


1. The fresher the better

Samples that are within 24 hours are the most diagnostic. So if it has been sitting in the backyard for three days, leave it there. Cat poop in the litter box that is extra dry and brittle is too old as well. If your pet is having diarrhea, we especially want that.


2. Storage

If you are not coming into the hospital right away, store the fecal sample in your fridge.


3. Size

Bring the entire pile of poop. It is better for us to have too much than not enough.


4. Container

Most clients find it easiest to put the sample in a plastic bag. Any container will do as long as it is clean prior to use. Containers are not returned. You do not need to label the container unless you are bringing samples in for more than one pet. We will label it for you.


5. Double check

A clump of kitty urine can look like a fecal sample. Make sure you have the real thing.


Getting that all important fecal sample can be quick and easy if you follow these easy steps.