Unidentified thing in microscope

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #546523 by A Hard Rain
Hi, anyone know what this is in the picture? I'm doing a FEC on our cow and see about 20 of these.
They are solid black but maybe a slight lightness in the centre.
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4 years 10 months ago #546524 by Stikkibeek
All I can see is a flat rainbow....or is it a DNA chart? :) Try making your photograph smaller. it might be too big for this program to handle.

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4 years 10 months ago #546529 by A Hard Rain
Sorry, I see what you mean. I'll try to post a better picture.

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4 years 10 months ago #546530 by A Hard Rain
Have attached a better picture.

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4 years 10 months ago #546559 by Muz1
The shape is similar to a liver fluke egg but the color is not what I recall.

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4 years 10 months ago #546560 by 16 Paws
This thread has got me interested in learning how to do FEC. We’ve sent some off to the vet, but doing them myself would probably end up economically more viable. Any hints or suggestions to get started? I do know my way around a microscope. Do you use the specialised slides? If so, where did you access them? And any other advice appreciated.
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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #546569 by spoook
I do my own FEC on our goats. We are doing them more regularly now we are having problems due to the current weather pattern.
Recently I did an FEC and the other half of the sample went to the vet for a comparison. They got a higher count than I and also diagnosed cocci. As we have not had an issue with it before now, I have never even seen it in the samples.
Our goats, under stress currently, are coming up with all sorts of "issues", now we have had cocci come to the fore. They have been treated, not a cheap exercise, and hopefully clear for now.

Today's samples had exactly what you have got in yours. I have yet to identify what it is, not cocci as they are round and not so "dense". Pollen came to mind, but the wrong time of year. Def not pine pollen as someone suggested to me.
I magnified and there appears to be a "cap" at one end pointing it to be an egg. of what, I will find out.

May I post your photo elsewhere for ID?

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4 years 10 months ago #546570 by A Hard Rain
Hi, thanks for your information. Your very welcome to use the photo. We are doing a couple of FEC's tomorrow so will try to get a better picture and maybe more magnification.

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4 years 10 months ago #546571 by spoook
BTW, I want it to be some form of plant matter, in one sample there were HEAPS.

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4 years 10 months ago - 4 years 10 months ago #546572 by spoook
Try here for ID. Here

I have sent the photo to my vet as I need to know the ID too. Will let you know what I am informed.

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4 years 10 months ago #546612 by spoook
ID has been made to be plant pollen. Phew!

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4 years 10 months ago #546613 by STAPLENZ
like 16 paws i would love to learn more to on how to do this fec thing, is it difficult to take pics ,?? would love to see more pics if possible please??

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4 years 10 months ago #546617 by spoook
I have just posted another photo, see if you can identify what is in it. ;-) I can also help you to do and understand FECs, and point you in the right direction for more information.

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4 years 10 months ago #546625 by 16 Paws
Would that be air bubbles and a tapeworm egg? With a strongylid just below it? Found some resources that appear excellent on line. Am just waiting to get the necessary equipment to see if it as easy in practice as the sites suggest
Although long, there was a particularly useful you tube, and web page by University of Rhode Island. web.uri.edu/sheepngoat/files/McMaster-Test_Final3.pdf
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4 years 10 months ago #546628 by spoook
Go to the top of the class. :-)
The first things you will need is a microscope and a McMasters slide.

I have been doing FECs for years and have recently been shown a different way, mainly calculation of the egg count, that makes it so much simpler than the instructions that came with the original FECPAK kit.

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