The Power of Poop: How One Simple Scoop Can Tell You So Much

Poop Can Tell Us About . . . Viral Diseases

Some viruses are detectable by directly testing the feces. Parvovirus infection, for example, can be diagnosed by testing a dog’s stool via an in-hospital kit.

Poop Can Tell Us About . . . Other Medical Conditions

Blood in the stool can mean everything from a simple irritation to a life-threatening stomach ulcer or a clotting problem. And it’s not just the bright red stuff that matters — testing the stool for the presence of digested blood is just as important.

The abnormal consistency, volume, texture, color and pattern of a bowel movement can also often tell us which part of the gastrointestinal tract occasioned the abnormality. Large volumes of watery stool tend to be related to problems within the small intestine, while small, strained volumes emitted frequently point to the colon as the likeliest offender.

So if you are feeling shy about telling your vet about your pet's poop, don't. It gives them helpful information.

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