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How to collect a fecal sample
How to Provide a Fecal Sample for Your Dog
1. Collect a small amount of stool, about the size of a small tootsie roll
2. The sample should be fresh. Please bring to the clinic within 24 hours of collection.
3. You can bring the sample in the usual poop bag you use for walks, or in the lab tube that we have provided.
5. Make sure the sample container is labeled with your pet’s name.
6. Store the sample in the fridge or a cool area until delivery to the clinic. Stool should not be kept in the hot sun or the freezer.
7. If your pet’s fecal sample is requested to complete a wellness lab package, you have 30 days from the date of your pet's original visit to submit the stool sample.
How to collect a urine sample
How to Collect a Urine Sample from Your Dog
1. Have a clean container ready to collect the urine (a shallow bowl or clean long handled ladle can be helpful to use).
2. The first urination of the morning usually makes the best sample.
3. Place your dog on a short leash and go for a walk in your yard.
4. When your dog squats or lifts it’s leg to urinate, put the collection container/ladle underneath them to catch the urine mid-stream.
5. Pour the sample into a sterile container (we may provide this to you).
6. Only a small amount is needed, about 1 Tablespoon.
7. Once you have collected the urine, the best option is to bring it to the clinic right away. Refrigerate the sample if it will be a few hours until you can drop it off at our clinic.
8. If your pet’s urine sample is requested to complete a wellness lab package, you have 30 days from the date of your pet's original visit to submit the urine sample.
Preparing your pet for ultrasound
Preparing your pet for an ultrasound appointment
At Companions Animal Hospital, all of our staff understands how important your pet is to you and how you may worry about leaving your pet for a scheduled procedure. We want to reassure you that we will take care of your pet just like they were our own!
For ultrasound appointments we do require the pet go under light sedation. This makes it easier for our board certified radiologist to complete the ultrasound with minimal stress for your pet. The doctor and technician will remain with your pet the entire time of the procedure and during recovery.
To help us make sure your pet’s ultrasound goes as smoothly as possible, here is some information that we would like you to review.
Before anesthesia appointment:
- No food after 10 pm the night before the procedure; fasting decreases the risk of vomiting while under anesthesia.
- We do encourage your pet have access to water throughout the night. Do not let them drink a large quantity of water the morning of the procedure.
- If your pet is on medications, continue to give those medications as you normally would, prior to bringing your pet in the morning of the procedure. If you usually give the medication with a meal, please give the medication in a small treat instead.
The day of the appointment:
Bring your pet to the clinic at the time you were given when you made your appointment. If you are unsure what time to bring your pet, please call our clinic.
We do request you bring your pet to the clinic early in the morning so that our surgical team can prepare your pet for its procedure. This may include taking blood for pre-anesthetic lab work, placing an IV catheter, clipping hair, administering anti-nausea medication prior to anesthetics etc.
Your pet’s procedure may occur in the morning or early afternoon, depending on day’s schedule. Please let us know if you have your own schedule restrictions on communication or pick up time. Ideally we ask that you be available by phone at any time during the day so that we can update you on your pet’s status. We want you to be assured your pet will be comfortable while it is here!
After the procedure:
Once your pet is recovering, one of our trained surgical staff will call you with an update and set up a time for you to come and pick up your pet.
When you talk to your technician about preparing to pick up your pet, please let us know if you have any concerns with giving your pet medication, or with keeping your pet calm and the surgical site undisturbed during healing time.
Upon your return to the clinic, a technician will review your pet’s written dismissal instructions and medications with you. Please be sure to understand all of the instructions. Do not hesitate to ask any questions! The doctor who performed your pet’s procedure will be available by phone to talk to you and address any concerns that you may have. We want you to have a good experience working with our staff to make your pet as healthy and comfortable as possible.
Preparing your pet for a bile acids test
Bile Acids Test
This test is used to determine how the liver is functioning.
Your pet will need to be fasted for at least 12 hours (usually overnight). Your pet can have access to water throughout the night. You will drop your pet off with us in the morning at your designated time and you will be able to pick them up around noon, once all of the samples have been collected.
Preparing your pet for a thyroid test
Low Dose Dexamethasone Suppression Test (LDDS)
This test is used to confirm Cushing’s disease.
No fasting is required for this test. Your pet will need to be dropped off in the morning and stay with us until 5-6 pm.
Once your pet is here, a baseline blood sample is collected. Then we administer an injection of Dexamethasone. Two more blood samples will be collected at four hours post injection and 8 hours post injection.
Preparing your pet for a glucose curve test
This is an in house test used to determine diabetic treatment control. This is usually recommended about 1-2 weeks after starting insulin treatment, and regularly thereafter on a schedule to be recommended by the doctor to monitor control after dose changes, if the pet is not feeling well, or for regular check-ups.
You will drop your pet off with us around 8 am and they can usually go home between 5-6 pm.
The morning of the appointment, feed your pet and give insulin as you normally would and we will take a glucose reading when your pet first arrives. Blood samples are collected every 1-2 hours throughout the day to see how the levels rise and fall after the insulin has been given.
Please bring your pet’s insulin with you to the appointment, so we can confirm correct dosing and advise you of any changes to dosing at discharge.
Preparing your pet for an ACTH stimulation test
ACTH Stimulation Test
This test can be used to diagnose Addison’s disease. It can also be used to diagnose Cushing’s disease.
Fasting is not required for this test. You will drop your pet off with us in the morning and they can typically go home around noon. When your pet first arrives we collect a blood sample to establish a baseline. Then we give an injection of synthetic ACTH (Adenocorticoticotropic hormone). Another blood sample is collected one hour post injection.
*If your pet is already on Trilostane medication, which is given with food, the first sample of blood needs to be collected four hours post pill.
Preparing your pet for a low dose dexamethasone suppression test
This panel helps diagnose/monitor thyroid disease in dogs and cats.
If it is your pet’s first time being tested and they are not currently on a thyroid medication, the blood can be collected any time of the day. Fasting is not required.
If your dog is on thyroid medications, they need to have been on the thyroid medication consistently for the preceding two weeks. This helps ensure accurate results. The blood sample needs to be collected 4-6 hours after the thyroid medication has been given. For example if you typically give the thyroid medication at 7 am, we would want to collect the sample between 11 am and 1 pm. Fasting is not required.
If your cat is on thyroid medications, the blood can be collected at anytime. Fasting is not required.
It is best to retest about one week prior to prescription refill in case dose adjustments need to be made.