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How do you diagnose tummy troubles in dogs?

A dog’s stool sample is very useful diagnostic tool for all things digestive as well as the overall health of your dog. During your pup’s annual veterinarian visit, most vets will request a stool sample.

Stool samples are mainly used to check your pup for parasites. They can also be looked at for bacteria, especially abnormal growth of such, and for your dog’s digestive absorption abilities. In cases of diarrhea, the bad bugs salmonella and giardia can be tested to determine the best route for treatment. If there is a high amount of fat found in the feces, it could mean that your dog’s pancreas isn’t working properly.

According DIG Labs, there are four different stool tests at a veterinarian’s disposal.

Fecal Float: This is the most common dog stool test used in veterinary clinics and works well for severe parasitic infestations

Fecal Smear:
This is used when there isn’t enough sample for a float or when the vet is looking for things like fat and cellular material.

Fecal Centrifugation: This test is similar to a fecal float and works well for parasitic infections

Dysbiosis Testing: On the newer side of veterinary medicine, this test sequences DNA of all of the microbes found in the feces, both bad and good, to see what your dog’s gut is populated with. It helps to identify pathogens and parasites that other fecal tests can’t.

You can also take a poop photo and use the free DIG Labs stool analysis tool on the purrch app and then schedule a vet visit. Even if it turns out to not be anything serious (which we hope is the case!), then your dog will get quicker relief and you’ll get peace of mind.
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