Yes, veterinarians need to check stool samples. No, pet owners do not always choose the most normal options for getting the sample to the clinic. Here are 10 of the weirdest containers veterinary professionals on the @DrAndyRoark Instagram have seen used to transport “presents.”

1. “Ziploc baggie…that the owner held in her TEETH as she juggled opening the door with dog, purse etc..” -@kimolrich

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2. “Once had a fecal sample dropped off in a blue Tiffany’s jewelry box.” – @trishalish5713

3. “Inside an Easter egg in a basket all decorated for the holiday.” – @karmaeliz

4. “In an ice cream sundae cup, inside a DQ paper bag.” – @shell21371

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 5. “How about a weeks worth in a large freezer bag. She just kept saving it, she wasn’t sure how much we needed ” – @bjcasselman

6. “I use that container as a salad dressing thing for my kids lunches so if I could get that back after that’d be great” – @corriemcd

7. “In a tootsie roll bank container… Yes those were not real tootsie rolls.” – @rubadubpugvt

8. “A Tiffany’s jewelry box ” – @nkkovacs

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9. “An envelope. That was licked & sealed shut! ” – @morniebird

10. “At Christmas time, 2 separate samples in tiny gift bags with gift tags attached. ” – @cms9613


Danielle K. Lambert Archer headshotDanielle is a former veterinary practice manager and the founder of SnoutSchool.com, a website dedicated to teaching veterinary hospitals to use social media effectively. You can get her 5 favorite social media tools here, or follow her on social media to see excessive photos of her Brussels Griffon. She’s @DanielleSnout on Snapchat, Instagram & Twitter.

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