Parasite Identification

Test Schedule
Lab Lab section Days Turnaround
WADDL - Pullman Parasitology Mon-Fri 1-4 days
Price: $25.00
This test is for the gross morphologic identification of internal and external parasites of domestic and wild animals. For identification of gastrointestinal parasite ova/cysts/oocysts from fecal samples, refer to Parasitology - Fecal Float

In many cases, additional diagnostics must be performed to identify parasites. Ancillary testing, such as PCR and/or histology are not included and may be recommended at an additional cost for identification.

Specimens Required
Skin Scrapings
  • Samples should be submitted on slides with sealed coverslips or in leak-proof containers with 70% isopropyl alcohol

Parasites (worms, ticks, lice, fleas, maggots etc.)
  • Helminths, adult or immature, should be placed in a leak-proof container with 10% formalin or 70% isopropyl alcohol (preferred)
  • External parasites should be submitted in 70% isopropyl alcohol 
Sampling Requirements
Parasites must be intact and appropriately preserved in formalin or alcohol as described above to optimize morphologic identification. Poorly preserved or disintegrated samples cannot be reliably evaluated.

For additional information on how to collect and submit a sample please visit our Submit a Sample page.
Collection Container
Leak-proof container
Packing Instructions
For additional information, please visit our Packing and Shipping page.
Special Instructions
Ordering Instructions
Submissions must include the signalment (species, breed, age) of the affected animal, a brief clinical history of any pertinent clinical signs, description of any associated lesions, and the specific anatomic location of the parasite.

For online test ordering please visit our Submit a Sample page for additional information. To submit a specimen without submitting through our online portal please see our Forms page for fillable forms and further instruction.
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