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How do you collect a stool sample?

According to our friends at DIG Labs, collecting a fecal sample is easier than you think.

Some veterinarians will provide you with a container in which to collect your sample, otherwise, a couple of clean plastic bags is all you need. You don’t need the whole pile, rather just a segment or two.

Place a plastic bag over your hand and pick it up. Place it in the provided container or into another plastic bag and seal it. Try to get the feces off the top rather than the part that is touching the grass or ground. Other things to note:

- Don’t bring anything that’s been sitting out in the yard as it could be contaminated with environmental pollens, fungi, etc.
- If you aren’t coming directly to the veterinary clinic, store the fecal sample in your refrigerator.
- All samples should be less than 12 hours old by the time they’re in the vet’s hands.
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Pet Poison Control Hotline
A consultation fee may apply

ASPCA Animal Poison Control: (888) 426-4435

Pet Poison Hotline: (800) 213-6680

Important side note
on pet toxicities

During COVID, as people introduced new substances into their homes, such as baker’s yeast, paint, and vitamin D3, pet poisonings notably increased. Keep your pet safe by avoiding these highly toxic household products.

  • Over-the-counter drugs of all sorts (painkillers, cold medications, dietary supplements, etc.)
  • Insecticides
  • Household plants
  • Household cleaners (including hand sanitizer)
  • Heavy metal including lead, zinc and mercury
  • Fertilizers and other garden-related products
  • Automotive chemicals including antifreeze which is one of the most highly poisonous substances