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Tip of the Week: A Scooper’s Guide to Poop

Nope – we’re not kidding! Good nutrition is a basic component of wellness care in the shelter. One part of monitoring nutritional adequacy and general health is, well, kind of crappy…but a key part of shelter work. Abnormal stool is always a signal to check for disease, parasites or other health concerns. Sometimes diarrhea can indicate highly infectious conditions like canine parvovirus. Rapid diagnosis can allow steps to be put into place to save other animals’ lives. Use of handy fecal scoring systems can help standardize when certain tests will be performed in the shelter. Are you keeping score?

Number two on your list this week? Share this tip with your colleagues. And let us know how you’re keeping score of poop in your shelter.

You can request a fecal scoring chart like this one by calling the Purina Veterinary Resource Center (you don’t need to be a vet to get one) at 1-800-879-1266.

Related links:
Webinar recording: The Five Freedoms and Shelter Wellness
“Tip of the Week: Rinse and Repeat”
Shelter Medicine on Resources and Related Links

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