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Fecal Sample Collection Guide
Gastrointestinal

Fecal samples play an essential role in helping us keep your pet healthy.  Though it is sometimes a dirty job, it is important that it is done correctly!  Follow the guidelines below to collect and submit a proper fecal sample for the lab.

All Pets

  • Samples should be a minimum of 5 grams or the size of a U.S. quarter or 1 teaspoon.
  • A quality sample should be fresh, no more than 6 hours old.
  • If refrigerated the feces is good for no more than 24 hours.

Vomiting in Dogs
Gastrointestinal

What causes vomiting?

Vomiting is not a disease; rather, it is a symptom of many different diseases. Many cases of vomiting improve on their own without medical intervention within twenty-four hours. Less commonly, vomiting may result from a serious illness, such as cancer. Even when vomiting is caused by mild illnesses, it may lead to death or serious complications if treatment is not begun early enough to prevent severe fluid and nutrient losses.

How serious is vomiting in dogs?  

We attempt to determine how sick the dog has become as a consequence of the vomiti... Read More

Grape and Raisin Toxicity by Frank Utchen, DVM
Gastrointestinal

Can raisins and grapes really poison dogs?

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Laparoscopic Gastropexy: What Is It?
Gastrointestinal

What is a gastropexy?

A gastropexy is a surgical procedure performed in order to prevent Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV), commonly called torsion or bloat.  GDV is a life-threatening condition where the stomach flips or twists, trapping air and gases in the stomach. Circulation to the spleen and stomach are cut off, causing the dog to go into shock and, if untreated, die. During a gastropexy, the stomach is attached to the abdominal wall, so that it is unable to twist.

In the past, this procedure was almost always performed in response to a GDV emergency. An emergency gastropexy is performed through a large abdominal incis... Read More

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