Thursday, September 29, 2011

stool samples on ice

why are there two pieces of poop in an ice-filled styrofoam cooler on the front step, you might ask?

nacho & eli have their yearly checkups today and the vet said we have to bring in a stool sample. 

when kevin & i were talking about the logistics of this ridiculous task (shouldn't the vet do this?) yesterday, i said "i guess i will take them on walks after their breakfast and pick up some poop in a ziploc bag with their name on it. and put it in the refrigerator until the appointment."

he said "NO! not in the refrigerator! you know taste is 75% smell!"

i said "you have to refrigerate it so the parasites don't die, i will put the bags inside a tupperware which i will then throw away" 

he said "can't you put it in one of the extra styrofoam coolers in the basement?"

and so it was done.


kid D said...

i have to agree. no poo in the fridge. just isn't right.

funny that the parasites would die if it wasn't kept cold. what is the average temperature of a dog's body? i would think the warmer the better when it comes to maintaining quality poo.

then again, i'm not a scientist.

skippy haha said...

excellent point, kid D. one that was mulled over here too.

i just found this link

about the reasons why urine samples must be refrigerated. i bet some of the same is true for poo.

"cells in urine start to break down, and then they will not be visible under the microscope. Since the presence of these cells often signifies infection or inflammation, an erroneous diagnosis could be made. "

"Bacteria reproduce. A few bacteria in a urine sample may be normal, however, large numbers would indicate infection. A urine sample in which the bacteria are allowed to grow could erroneously indicate a urinary tract infection."

and "Urine generally becomes alkaline at room temperature. Therefore, the pH test would be erroneous. In addition, crystals which may tend to form in acid urine would dissolve in the alkaline urine. Since crystals in the urine are a significant finding, this abnormality would be missed."