Current Services

Our goal is to provide our customers with accurate, affordable information to be used as a management tool in maintaining the health of your goat herd. We are committed to processing your samples as quickly as possible and to generate your sample results report usually within one or two days after receipt of the samples (Baermann and sedimentation testing require an additional day).

 

Our services are limited to the caprine 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 ($5 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 do not offer a modified McMaster technique.

 

A commercial sodium nitrate solution is used as the medium. Post centrifugation, the samples have  more medium added and a 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. 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)

Trichuris ovis (Whipworm)

Nematodirus (Thread-neck worm)

Moneizia expansa (Tapeworm)

Strongyloides papillosus (Thread worm)

Capillaria (Hairworm)

Dictyocaulus (Lungworm)

Eimeria (Coccidia)

 

Sample requirements: Please include ~10 pellets per goat in a ziplock type bag labeled with animal's name.

Baermann Test ($5 per sample)

The Baermann test is a technique commonly used to identify lungworm larvae. Lungworms will sometimes show up on the standard fecal test in which case it would not be necessary to run the Baermann test. However, 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 much more effective at isolating larvae. 

 

Sample requirements: Please include an additional bagged sample of 20+ pellets for each goat to be tested, this test does require a larger sample (10 g) .

Fecal Sedimentation Test ($5 per sample)

 

The Fecal Sedimentation Test is a seperate process used specifically to detect the eggs of liver flukes. This is a good procedure to use for goats that have unexplained weight loss and possibly diarrhea as well. Flukes are also known to cause bottle jaw in some cases. Liver flukes are transmitted to goats from snails and are more commonly a problem during wet weather. Lungworms can also be detected in a sedimentation test.

 

Sample requirements: Please include an additional bagged sample of 20+ pellets for each goat to be tested, this test does require a larger sample (10 g).