Fecal Sample Collection GuideGastrointestinal
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.
- 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.
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Constipation in CatsGastrointestinal
What is constipation?
Constipation can be defined as an abnormal accumulation of feces resulting in difficult bowel movements. This may result in reduced frequency or absence of defecation. The feces are retained in the large intestine or colon. Since one of the major functions of the colon is water absorption, the retained feces become hard and dry, which makes passing the feces even more difficult. Constipated cats strain in an attempt to defecate resulting in abdominal pain. Some constipated cats may pass small amounts of liquid feces or blood as a result of excessive straining.
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Vomiting in CatsGastrointestinal
Vomiting describes the active expulsion of food from the stomach. It may be related to disorders of the stomach but is a clinical sign that can occur with many diseases and problems. It is not a specific disease or diagnosis itself. Cats vomit quite readily and occasional vomiting in an otherwise healthy cat may not indicate anything abnormal. This is particularly true if the vomited material consists largely of hair. It is considered a normal process for cats to retain hair and vomit hairballs periodically.
How serious is vomiting?
Most cases of acute vomiting, when vomiting has been present for less than two to three days, resolve readily ... Read More