08-05-2014, 06:12 PM
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Re: Regular treatment for parasites?
refrigerated and read the same day is ideal. The reason this is important is that some of the important signs of a problem can degrade if the time line is longer. For example, sometimes issues are with an overgrowth of organisms that are normally a commensual in the digestive tract. This can cause weight loss and a loss of appetite due to irritation by the protozoa. If the fecal sits too long, these protozoa either encyst or die and decompose.
Another potential signal is the sign of red blood cells in the fecals, these are sometimes symptomatic of a coccidian infection and they are likely to degrade as well.
Sometimes you need to rule out various things because nothing shows up in the fecal. Some of the vets I knew would start thinking coccidian infection if an animal was losing weight but nothing was detected on the fecal.
In both of these cases, different medications are typically used so treating symptomatically for one doesn't correct the problem.
Also on a side note, protozoan overgrowths are typically treated with metronidazole and this is where it got the reputation for being an appetite stimulant.. It actually doesn't increase appetite but by knocking back the overgrowth, the animals begins to feel better and then feed.
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