Throughout the rehabilitation process, microscopic fecal examinations are conducted to insure that our wild patients are free from internal and external parasites. Appropriate treatment is administered when an animal tests positive. 

It is not uncommon for healthy animals to contain some parasites. However when an animal is sick or debilitated, the opportunistic parasites begin to multiply. Heavy infestation can lead to starvation, anemia, secondary infections like pneumonia, and will contribute to the death of an animal. 

It takes a lot of experience to learn to accurately identify parasite eggs and larvae. 

Pictured here are just a few examples of what we routinely find.

Jeff at the microscope.

Tapeworm eggs and coccidia 
found in a raven.

Tapeworm eggs found in a deer fawn.

Tapeworm eggs in a harbour seal.

Otostrongylus larvae in a 
young harbour seal.

Otostrongylus eggs from a 
young harbour seal.

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