What Screening is Used for the Routine Stool Tests?Updated 2 months ago
MySimplePetLab Routine Stool Test for dogs and cats is a fecal ova & parasite by centrifugation & microscopy which screens for roundworms, hookworms, tapeworms, whipworms, coccidia, and other intestinal parasites. Our stool test also screens for Giardia using ELISA microassay. We provide evidence-based results by including images of any microscopic findings on the pet's report.
The stool test can be upgraded to add microbe testing (PCR) for bacteria, viruses, and protozoa that can make dogs, cats, and their human families have abnormal stools (diarrhea, bloody, etc.) or become sick. Microbe testing screens for common digestive pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria, and parvovirus, among others.
If the dog fecal ova & parasite test is positive for hookworms, then the test should be upgraded to add a FEC (fecal egg count) by Mini-FLOTAC. This quantifies the number of hookworm eggs which is a measure of how bad the infection is. Mini-FLOTAC is the preferred method to count hookworm eggs because it has the highest sensitivity (down to 5 eggs per gram of stool) vs. the more common McMaster method which only has a sensitivity of 25, 50, or just 100 eggs per gram (depending on the McMaster method used). If after treatment for hookworms these parasites are still present on the fecal ova & parasite test, then FEC is performed to determine if the hookworms are resistant to the medication. It's estimated that 50% of canine hookworm infections in the U.S. are resistant to one or more deworming medications.
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