|Veterinary Parasitology Laboratory
Saving your animals from parasites by Using Fecal Worm Egg Counts to Determine Deworming Strategy!
Beef & Dairy Cattle
• Sheep, Goats & Camelids
• Dogs & Cats
• Deer, Elk & other Wildlife
Lab Services for Parasite Diagnosis - Introduction/Methodology
MidAmerica Uses the "Modified Wisconsin Sugar Flotation Method" on all fecal samples sent to the lab.
This technique is the most sensitive method available for fecal testing in all animal species. All samples are centrifuged at a low rpm for 5 minutes and then left for 5 minutes before reading. This technique is excellent for worm egg recoveries from animals carrying low worm burdens and low worm egg output. It is excellent for recovering eggs from parasites that are none prolific egg-layers such as Whipworm (Trichuris) and Threadneck Worm (Nematodirus) and it is excellent for use in finding parasite eggs in animals with high fecal output such as lactating dairy cows and adult brood cows. All the eggs in a 3 gram sample (for Cattle, Bison, Equine and Swine) and 1 gm sample (sheep, goats and camelids) are identified and counted; there is no guess work or multiplication factor such as there is with dilution techniques such as the McMaster Technique.
The following points identify why MidAmerica Ag Research laboratory uses the Modified Wisconsin Sugar Flotation Technique: