Please Note The Lab Will be Closed From 12-23-22 Through 12-25-22
Our goal is to provide our customers with accurate, affordable information to be used as a management tool in maintaining the health of your herd. We are committed to processing your samples as quickly as possible and to generate your sample results report usually within 3-6 days after receipt of the samples (Baermann and sedimentation testing require an additional day).
Our services are limited to the small ruminant parasitology fecal testing listed below. Of note, we do not offer testing for giardia, cryptosporidium or bacteriology. We also do not offer any blood testing at this time.
Standard Centrifugal Fecal Flotation Test ($10 per sample)
The standard centrifugul force fecal flotation test is our primary test. All testing supplies are disposable to ensure that no cross contamination can occur. Because of this we donot offer a modified McMaster technique.
A commercial sodium nitrate solution is used as the flotation medium. Post centrifugation, the samples have more medium added and a 22 x 22 mm coverslip applied. After 10 minutes, the cover slips are removed and applied to a slide as a wet mount. The entire cover slip is examined and counted. The results are reported in eggs per gram. No additional mathematical computation is required. Any of the following parasites (and occasionally some less common parasites) may be identified with the standard fecal flotation test and will be included in your report:
Haemonchus contortus (Barberpole worm)
Ostertagia ostertagi (Brown stomach worm)
Trichostrongylus axei (Bankrupt worm)
Bunostomom spp (Hookworm)
Trichuris ovis (Whipworm)
Nematodirus (Thin-necked worm)
Moneizia expansa (Tapeworm)
Strongyloides papillosus (Thread worm)
Cooperia spp (small intestinal roundworm)
Dictyocaulus viviparus and Muellerius capillaris (Lungworm)
Sample requirements: Please include ~10 pellets per goat/sheep or 5 per camelid in a ziplock type bag labeled with animal's name.
Baermann Test ($10 per sample)
The Baermann test is a technique commonly used to identify lungworm infestations. Lungworms will rarely show up on the standard fecal test. If lungworms are suspected as indicated by the presence of persistent coughing with no other symptoms such as elevated temperature, this test can be helpful as it is specific for isolating lungworm larvae. There are two species of lungworms and although treatment is the same for both species, we will identify the species present in the report.
Sample requirements: Please include an additional bagged sample of 20+ pellets for each goat/sheep or 8+ for camelids to be tested, this test does require a larger sample (10 g) . Think in terms of 1/4 to 1/3 cup for reference. If necessary, this can be collected over a period of two days as long as the first day is kept refrigerated.
Fecal Sedimentation Test ($10 per sample)
The Fecal Sedimentation Test is a seperate process used specifically to detect the eggs of liver flukes and rumen flukes. This is a good procedure to use for animals that have unexplained weight loss and possibly diarrhea as well. Flukes are also known to cause bottle jaw in some cases. Liver and rument flukes are transmitted to goats by snails and are more commonly a problem during wet weather. Lungworms may also be detected in a sedimentation test.
Sample requirements: Please include an additional bagged sample of 20+ pellets for each goat/sheep or 8 per camelid to be tested, this test does require a larger sample (10 g). Think in terms of 1/4 to 1/3 cup for reference. If necessary, this can be collected over a period of two days as long as the first day is kept refrigerated.