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Fecal Sample Collection Guide

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.
  • Try and avoid contaminants, such as soil or lawn chemicals when collecting your sample as these can affect the integrity of the sample.


  • The sample should not have rocks or yard debris in it; cat litter is ok. If submitting a liquid stool it must be free of cat litter (off of carpet, linoleum, or cement is acceptable).

It is important that samples be submitted appropriately.

  • Bishop Ranch Veterinary Center has collection kits available at no charge.
  • However, you can also use:
  • Double plastic bags
  • Small Tupperware containers
  • Please do NOT use:
  • Glass
  • Wipes/paper towels
  • Medication containers (these can contaminate the sample)

The fecal sample results will be available within 48-72 hours. You will receive a call with the results within that timeframe.

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