If your pet’s stool is suddenly:

Find out why we are so focused on your pet’s waste and what we learn from pet stool samples.
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Project “Pet Stool”, just a little something from Eyal Hirsh to bring a bit more joy and playfulness to our drab and stooless lives. The stool is made out of oak wood, solid yet a warm material. (HA!) The upholstered leg penetrates the seat and just beckons to be played with. Inside that leg is a solid leg that keeps the stool stable. It’s humorous and I think quite comfortable to sit in. Not all furniture has to look like it came straight out of Dwell Design and no, that wasn’t a jab at Dwell. We love Dwell.
Your Pet’s Stool Is The Barometer Of Their HealthBy Evan Price
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When we run a fecal test on your pet, we are looking for a variety of intestinal parasites. The most common are: hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia, and giardia. Sometimes we find an actual worm in the stool, but most often we are checking for microscopic eggs, larvae, or protozoan cysts. If you are curious, the is an excellent resource for details, pictures, and videos of all these parasitic gems. ‘pet stool’ (red)
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We know it can be an icky subject to talk about- but there is a lot about your pet’s stool that can be an indicator of their health. Not only is it important to monitor what goes into their body, but it is also necessary to keep an eye on what’s coming out.It is time to alert your vet! Many intestinal parasite only shed microscopic eggs into the droppings; therefore, you may not see any evidence of parasites. Even animals with normal stools can carry intestinal parasites. We recommend annual fecal examinations for all pets. Most owners know what their pet’s normal stool looks like but are a little unsure when to call the vet for advice on abnormal poop. In general, your dog’s stools should be tubular, dark brown, fairly firm and easy to pick up. Cat’s bowel movements are typically “Tootsie Roll” shaped and colored; and should be easy to scoop up from the litter box.When we ask if you brought a stool sample, is your first thought, “Crap, I forgot it!” (No pun intended. Well, maybe.) Our fascination with your pet’s poop is more about your safety and your pet’s health than anything else. We do get a kick out of the cute bags and containers you bring them in, however.Many veterinarians will often dispense small plastic collecting cups known as fecalizers, which make stool collection and storage much easier. For feline guardians it is fine to obtain the sample directly from the litterbox, even if there is litter attached to the stool. Finally, if you are unsuccessful in obtaining a stool sample from your pet, most veterinarians will have fecal loops available, which allows us to collect stool samples painlessly at the time of a physical examination.Whether you are a cat or dog owner, knowing what is considered normal or healthy stool for your pet is important. Abnormalities of your pet’s stool could be a sign of something more serious.2. Soft-formed to liquid brown diarrhea, with or without streaks of blood. “Cow patty” and “soft-serve ice cream” are two frequent descriptors. As with the previous type, it is generally not life-threatening as long as there are no other signs of concern and it begins to improve within 24 to 48 hours. If your dog is acting normally otherwise— eating well, not vomiting, good attitude —a wait-and-see home approach may be tried (more on this to follow). Here again, red blood indicates inflammation and bleeding in the colon but does not necessarily mean that your pet is bleeding internally, as is often thought. This is a step up in concern from the previous condition, in the sense that the stool is now softer.“Normal stool is formed and maintains its shape once it has been passed,” Lidbury said. “It is usually light to dark brown in color. Small variations in the color and texture can occur from day to day. However, owners should contact a veterinarian if their pet’s stool has fresh red blood in it, as this could be a sign of inflammation of the colon.”