Using stains in fecal floats

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Using stains in fecal floats

Postby Derobmi » Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:16 pm

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I was reading the Understanding Reptile Parasites book and the author says to use one of two chemicals to make it easier to see the ova on the slides - merthiolate or Lugol's iodine. Has anyone used these or others? Does it make it much easier to spot the parasite?
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Re: Using stains in fecal floats

Postby Drache613 » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:47 pm

Hello!

I have used stain in the past, but not for awhile. It will help in being able to identify & see the organisms better I believe.
That is a great book, too!

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Re: Using stains in fecal floats

Postby Derobmi » Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:21 am

Thanks, Tracie. I can't find either of those in stores, so I'll have to order them at some point in the future. I'm having a difficult time seeing past all the bee pollen in Desmond's samples. Hopefully the pollen doesn't stain! :)
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