Fecal Direct Exam (Smear)
Turnaround Time: 1 – 2 business days
Days Test Started: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Species: All Species
Sealed, Leakproof container
1 gram (~1 teaspoon)
GENERAL - Label all containers with appropriate information - Animal ID, Owner Name, Veterinarian, Sample Type, Date.
REFRIGERATION - Refrigerate all samples until shipment.
FECES - Collect feces in a leakproof container (sealable plastic bag or jar - do NOT submit in gloves). Collect feces that is free of debris and bedding. Fresh, chilled feces. Do not freeze.
OVERNIGHT - Ship overnight in an insulated shipper with ice packs (pack absorptive material to collect moisture) DO NOT SHIP OVER THE WEEKEND OR HOLIDAY - NO SATURDAY DELIVERY
LEAKS - Ensure all samples are in leakproof packages and clearly labeled with Tissue Type/Animal ID/Owner Name. Include absorptive material to collect any leaks - double bag any fresh tissues.
PAPERWORK - Package paperwork separately in a waterproof, sealable plastic bag. Ensure paperwork is complete and specimens are labeled for easy matching. If you are using CF.755 Multiple Animal Continuation Form, please include a hard copy and email a copy to email@example.com.
FECES - Ensure the container is securely sealed. Double bag all diarrhea samples to contain any leaks.
Additional InformationFor detection of protozoa, including Giardia and trichomonads.
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