Parasite detection in faeces

Following the most frequent test requests for parasite detection in faeces are itemized. For the enrichment via flotation or sedimentation we need a faeces sample approx. the size of a cherry. For the serology via EIA a pea-sized sample generally is sufficient.

ParameterMaterialMethodSpecies

 Duration
 (days)

          Remarks
Helminth eggs  faeces Microscopic following enrichment via flotation and/or MIFC (Merthiolat-Flotations-Jod-Concentration, special sedimentation method)   dog, cat
large animals, small pets, reptiles
 1
  • shedding intermittently
     
  • examination of consecutive samples is advisable
     
  • tapeworms and Oxyuris spp.: Scotch tape preparation taken from anus.
Echinococcus- specific
antigen
faeces EIA dog, cat, fox 1 x / week (Friday))
  • E. granulosus and E. multilocularis
Protozoa (Coccidia, Toxoplasma, Giardia, Cryptosporidia, Balantidium, and others).
faeces Microscopic following enrichment via flotation and/or MIFC (special sedimentation method)  dog, cat
large animals, small pets, reptiles
1             
  • shedding intermittently
     
  • examination of consecutive samples is advisable
Giardia-
antigen detection
faeces EIA dog, cat
large animals, small pets, reptiles
2
Cryptosporidia-detection
(antigen)
faeces EIA dog, cat
large animals, small pets, reptiles 
2
Lungworms larvae  faeces flotationdog, cat
large animals, small pets, reptiles 
2

 

 



 


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