Those of us who work in the field of pet care often joke about what people would think if they found one of our phones and looked at our pictures.  I can hear the comment now…. “Why would someone have this many pictures of poop on their phone? This is one sick puppy”…..(see what I did there) 😏

The truth is that we often take pictures of our guest’s pooh AND we often dissect it.  While some pets are completely artistic in their content and delivery (credit to Meli R. for the artwork above), others deliver a very different sample.  

While it may be a funny picture to look at, (I’d be crabby too) it was alarming to the team member who discovered it.  As it turns out, the dog who produced this sample had consumed some Lego pieces.  Thank goodness the pieces were eliminated. 

Sometimes we are fortunate enough to have a parent tell us when their pet consumed something they shouldn’t have.  Then we are even more diligent in our poop patrol to be able to ascertain if, and how much of the substance was eliminated.  These observations can make a difference in whether a pet has to go to the vet or not.  

Most of the time, pet parents have no idea that their fur kid has eaten a sock, or underwear, or a baby toy, or …………you get the idea.  Yes, those are all items we have found in poop here at All Star.  There are also times when we cannot identify an object or what is left of it.  This can be scary because a parent has to try to figure out what it was/is, where it came from, and if there is more.  

Lastly, examining a guest’s pooh can also tell us about medical issues.  (I have decided to spare you from these images).  There is the obvious blood in a stool that would of course be reported to a pet parent, but also changes in color and consistency could be signs of an issue as well.  And, of course, parasites can be identified in a stool sample.  Some are seen by the naked eye, and others by the vet under a microscope.  

Team All Star does our very best to make sure that parents are well informed about not just their pet’s behavior but their elimination habits and contents.  Because we get to know our guests so well, we can identify when there are changes in their bodily functions.  Although not a glamorous part of our job, a necessary one to keep our guests safe and healthy.    💖