Your dog’s annual exam is a very important one. It’s where our doctors will want to check for anything likely to cause your pet problems in the future, so don’t be alarmed when we ask you to bring along a stool sample! It’s not because the practice is starting a collection; it’s because a poop sample allows your veterinarian to better understand what is happening inside of your pet. It may reveal intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidia and giardia.
So how do you collect a sample?
Here are some tips:
Fresh is best when it comes to poop. Collect the freshest sample possible and bring it into the clinic the same day.
You can seal the sample in a ziploc bag, old tupperware container, or a regular old poop bag. Just be sure the container you’re using isn’t contaminated in any way. If you’re near the clinic, we have collection containers available too! Just swing by and ask a team member to grab one for you.