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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  09:15:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit nyala's Homepage  Reply with Quote

I asked my vet about the fecal accult blood test and she said she had heard at a conference from Chris Cebra that fecal accult blood testing was not reliable in alpacas. Rats! I'm hoping she is going to the Oregon conference and can find out some more details.


D. Andrew Merriwether, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Biology, Binghamton University
Ann and Andy Merriwether
Nyala Farm Alpacas,Vestal, NY
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Posted - 12/30/2010 :  4:33:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit Pepperina's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I bought one of those faecal occult blood kits. Have used them in the past when I suspect gut bleeding either from ulcer or worms. Have only had one positive with an animal that had Black Scour Worm.

Going to do some more of my own research. Sometimes I get high test results when people send me samples. Will see if these show positive. Trouble is I don't get the opportunity to test many. Had my sheep show positive at 250 epg but their faecal occult blood was negative. Its a shame someone like the Government testing labs arent doing some sort of comparison.

Regards Barbara

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