Is your horse itchy? It might be pinworm! Although these worms do not cause internal damage, they are known to cause irritation and can cause skin infections if not treated. This test is conducted through microscopic examination of a sellotape impresssion taken from the skin which surrounds the horses anus.
Has your wormer worked? Reduction tests are used to identify if chosen treatment following a high worm count has been effective or if resistance is possible to the ingredients in the selected wormer. Test 10-14 days following treatment.
Chloe is a qualified AMTRA registered animal medicine advisor and is available for free advice on equine parasites and worm control advice.
Worm egg counts are used to test for mature egg laying redworms and roundworms. This is conducted through microscopic examination using the McMaster method. We identify your horses worm burden, so you only need to worm if your horse actually requires treatment. This helps save you money and contribute to reducing resistance to worm treatments.
We recommend faecal egg counts are conducted every 8-10 weeks and new horses to have a worm count conducted prior to being allowed access to grassland.
This test identifies your horses tapeworm infection, through ELISA test using your horses saliva. Your horses saliva sample is collected via a swab provided in the kit. The swab should be returned directly to the manufacturer in the prepaid envelope provided with the kit. Labaratory analusis is conducted to identify whether your horse requires worming for tapeworm. (Please note that horses are not to have consumed food, drink or have been exercised within 30 minutes before sample being collected.
We recommend testing for tapeworm twice a year.