what are fecal flotation and giardia tests roundworms hookworms whipworms and microscopic intestinal parasites (like coccidia and giardia) are relatively common in pets but that doesn’t mean that they can’t cause serious illness. young sick or debilitated pets can even die if they are
elisa test: this is a fairly simple way to measure for the presence of giardia trophozoite antigens (proteins) in feces using the elisa immune detection system. the sensitivity of the commercial test system is unclear; anywhere from 1% to 14% of fecal flotation positive samples were not detected by the elisa test.
snap giardia test find and treat more giardia cases efficiently comply with companion animal parasite council recommendations to test symptomatic dogs and cats with a combination of direct smear fecal flotation with centrifugation and a sensitive specific fecal elisa. snap tests provide reference laboratory quality technology for superior diagnostic accuracy at the point of care.
a fecal loop is a small plastic wand with a small loop on the end. after applying lubricant your veterinarian can gently insert the loop into your pet’s rectum and collect a sample of fecal material. to perform a fecal flotation your veterinarian places a small amount of fecal material into a small container and mixes it with a special
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a comparison of the snap® giardia fecal antigen test and the zinc sulfate double centrifugation fecal flotation procedure to diagnose giardia intestinalis infections in two populations of infected dogs . by . marjory a artzer . b.s. washburn university 1992