What are stool specimens of animals tested for?
Fecal samples screen for a number of different disease processes.
The most common use is to screen for parasites that animals commonly
carry. However, if an animal is ill (typically animals with
diarrhea), they can also be used to identify the presence of or
overgrowth of abnormal bacteria. In some cases they can be used to
identify bleeding from within the gastrointestinal tract.
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