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Surprise your veterinarian by bringing a fecal sample, and urine sample if you can, in for your pet's appointment
Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM posted:
Veterinarians are paying more attention to gastrointestinal parasites in pet health and disease. Whether your dog or kitty is healthy and just coming in to the veterinarian for an annual exam, or whether it is sick, particularly with signs of vomiting or diarrhea, collect a debris-free fecal sample in a clean cup or baggie and bring it in.
Also, veterinarians often collect urine samples to diagnose urinary problems such as bladder infections, bladder stones, and kidney disease. Oftentimes dogs will urinate right before entering the clinic and there is no sample to be had. It may really be helpful to bring a clean, mid stream catch urine sample along (again in a clear cup with a lid). Your veterinarian will be totally suprised that you thought of this. It may not be a sterile sample for culture, and we may need to get a sterile sample later, but it will be very helpful for crystals, pH, concentration, etc. We will cover urine sample in the cat in another tip. Cheers
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unklbob responded:
Dr. Sandy, you are awesome and then some. Thanks you for contributing to this webMd. We will all be richer for your swell advice about our beloved pets.........bob gilpin,olympia,wa.


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