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
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