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Old 06-08-2013, 11:54 AM
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HOW to do a FECAL FLOAT - VIDEO

Somebody requested (like over a year ago) that I make a video on how to do a fecal float to check for parasites. I finally got around to putting it together

Intestinal Parasites are common in chameleons and other reptiles. Wild caught chameleons have a reputation of having intestinal parasites..although this is true , parasites can effect Captive bred as well as Wild caught Chameleon.

A chameleon may have parasites but not show any symptoms until they have advanced too far.. Early detection is key! That is why it is recommended to have a fecal exam every 6 month to a year so you can treat for the parasites before they get out of hand.

Here is a video on how to do your own fecal floats at home.





Items you will need:

Gloves

Fecal Solution (Fecal-med or Fecalsol) http://www.revivalanimal.com/Fecasol.html?

Eye Dropper Syringe or bottle
http://www.amazon.com/Plastic-Transf...d_sim_indust_3

http://www.amazon.com/Syringe-60cc-L...ywords=syringe

http://www.amazon.com/Vestil-BTL-RC-...plastic+bottle

Fecalizer http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Glass Slides and slip covers
http://www.amazon.com/AmScope-Pre-Cl...d_sim_indust_5

Microscope capable of 100x and 400x magnification (the one I use is a celestron 44340)
http://www.amazon.com/Celestron-4434...ords=celestron


"Understanding Reptile Parasites" book or a parasite identification chart
http://www.chameleonforums.com/books...ile-parasites/
http://www.beautifuldragons.com/Parasitechart.html

A fresh stool sample (Fresher the Better!)
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:17 PM
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that was great !! I have wanted to start to do my own, this was a big help THANK YOU for posting this
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Awesome video Dez. I know now Mike will have to get a microscope. He's been bugging me for one.

I can not stress to everyone the importance of getting fecals done. I get fecals on my guys every 3 to 4 months and almost always somebody has parasites. Parasites is the #3 cause of death in reptiles.
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Dez - THANK YOU so much! This information is a great resource. I am looking forward to being competent enough to do my own fecals. Especially since I am getting a group of Melleri together. Thanks again.

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Glad everyone likes the video

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Awesome video Dez. I know now Mike will have to get a microscope. He's been bugging me for one.

I can not stress to everyone the importance of getting fecals done. I get fecals on my guys every 3 to 4 months and almost always somebody has parasites. Parasites is the #3 cause of death in reptiles.
YES! The problem is that most if the time there are no symptoms or the symptoms are slight and easily overlooked. By the time the chameleon starts acting sick or showing obvious signs it MAY BE TOO LATE
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Wow, great video! Now I need to get a microscope
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Nice video! I need to upgrade my scope after seeing yours.
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Nice video! I need to upgrade my scope after seeing yours.
Its a pretty nice microscope for the money. you can take photos and video which is helpful.

This is the second one I have owned though because the first one I had the screen stopped functioning after about 2 years.. the only way to view the slide is through the screen there are no eye pieces.... so when the screen goes your screwed. But you can't beat it for the price
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Great post! It convinced me to make the leap and purchase all the recommended gear I picked up the same microscope linked in "like new" condition on the site linked to for $92!

Everything all together was about $150, so with my 4 chams, I should break even in less than a year, have healthier chams, less worry, and a cool microscope.

Thanks Dez!

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