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Athena has her first puppy check tomorrow at the vet. They wanted a stool sample. She just pooped so I was going to keep a piece of that for tomorrow. Do you think that will work? Should I put it in the frig or keep it room temp?
 

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Put it in a bag in the fridge, or if it is cold (but not below freezing) outside leave it in the bag outside.
 

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You can keep this one refrigerated as a last resort, but fresh is best. The ideal sample should still be steaming and day old just doesn't do it. If you can't get a fresh one before your appt tomorrow, just drop off a fresh one at a later date.
 

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You can keep this one refrigerated as a last resort, but fresh is best. The ideal sample should still be steaming and day old just doesn't do it. If you can't get a fresh one before your appt tomorrow, just drop off a fresh one at a later date.
This is very true. Assuming you live close enough to make the trip! By all means, the fresher the better. However, if you cannot make two trips then a day old, refrigerated sample is better than no sample. (as stated above):)
 

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LOL I always wanted to know this too!
 

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In the fridge, yuck! Just get a fresh sample in the AM. All my dogs poop after they eat their breakfast in the AM. It's their "routine." I'll bet your dog does too given the opportunity.
 

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Day old poo is not fine. I did fecals for years and you can miss a lot of parasites in old poo. Fresh is best.
 

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My vet takes a fresh sample from Stosh since he's had a history of giardia. They use a long instrument to extract the sample. I've brought a sample that I've had in the fridge but they've never used it and went straight for fresh out of the oven so to speak...
 
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