And, yes, I do my own fecal tests. One year for Christmas Santa brought me all the stuff. My family (not horsey at all) was appalled as I opened gifts of fecal solution, etc. It's really not hard and I don't like the idea of worming "just because." Plus, there is all the concern now with the worms becoming resistant (maybe part of the issue here?) so this way I can target the specific parasite and zap them.
First I collect a small sample in this little container. I fill it with fecal solution, agitate, put a slide on top and let it rest 20 minutes.
|sample in solution with slide|
Then I put on a cover slip and put it under the microscope. You don't need super duper magnification. A school microscope works fine.
I have my reference book handy:
I like this book because it has great pictures. Here's the page for roundworms.
So, hopefully Jackson will be feeling better soon. And, boy do I feel dumb!!!