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Old 11-26-03, 01:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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One important point is that there are different types of tests that can be done. Most often, if nothing is specified, they will do a fecal floatation. This uses a floatation solution of a certain concentration to float parasite eggs free. The portion of the solution containing the eggs is then put on a slide and examined under a microscope.

The other common type of test is a fecal smear, which is very much what it sounds like. This will pick up some things that the floatation won't and visa-versa. Thus, it isn't a bad idea to get your vet to do both -- especially if one isn't turning up anything and you have a strong reason to suspect parasitism.

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