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Parasitology

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Abstract

Parasitic infections are extremely common diseases seen in reptile medicine. It is up to the veterinary surgeon to correctly diagnose the need for therapy. This chapter covers methods for the diagnosis of parasite infection, followed by the common species identified, and ends with the treatment, prevention and control of parasitic infections.

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24.1 Cloacal flush being performed on a corn snake using an avian crop tube.
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24.2 Oxyurids can be seen in this faecal sample pot from a tortoise.
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24.4 Routine faecal analysis. (More detail can be found in )
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24.5 Stains used for differentiating are available commercially.
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24.6 A faecal sample smear from a gecko, highlighting one red oocyst on a green background.
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24.7 A snake mite and an oxyurid egg have been identified in this faecal sample from a water dragon. The mite must have been ingested by the lizard.
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24.8 Snake mites around the eye of a bearded dragon.
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24.9 Pterygosomatid mites present between the scales of a bearded dragon.
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24.10 Fly eggs have been laid on this spur-thighed tortoise with a cloacal prolapse.
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24.11 oocyst in a faecal flotation from a bearded dragon.
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24.12 The stomach lining of a corn snake on post-mortem examination. Hypertrophy and excessive mucus are present. was identified on microscopy of the mucus.
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24.13 identified on a wet preparation from a spur-thighed tortoise.
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24.14 ovum identified on a wet preparation from a Hermann’s tortoise.
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24.15 Ascarid ovum from a flotation from a Horsfield’s tortoise.
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24.16 Granulomatous ovaries in a bearded dragon systemically infected with .

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