A Westgate Labs Worm Count Kit for Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Mules. An important method for implementing a correct worming programme. This retail DIY kit includes everything needed to make a home worm count test easy to understand and simple to complete.
Westgate Labs Worm Count Kit contains as follows…
- 1 x sample vial to test one horse / pony
- Gloves to protect your hands when collecting the sample
- FREE Post returns envelope to send in sample initially
- 1 x voucher for a full laboratory service where the results will be sent back to you within a few days
How it works…
- Fill the pot with fresh sample (preferrably warm) of dung
- Write the details on the form and post in pre-paid envelope
- Your results and an explanation will be posted to you as soon as possible
Targeted worming program as follows for Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Mules…
December – Worm for encysted redworm with a Panacur Equine Guard (if no resistance is present) or use an Equest (also treats bots) or use an Equest Pramox (treats all worms and stages)
March – Worm count all horses. Any count over 200 epg you need to worm. Any count under this or clear there is no need to treat.
June – Worm count as above
September – Worm count as above. Worm for tapeworm – eg. Equitape or a double dose of Pyrantel (Exodus, Strongid P, Pyratape P).
December – Worm as for last December.
Limitations: the test will determine how many worm eggs are present. It will not show immature or encysted worms or give any indication regarding tapeworm, bots or pin worm. This test is not a substitute for your vet’s advice.
What does my result mean?
For each horse on the result sheet there will be a number indicating the level of worm eggs found. The sign < means ‘less than’, so a result of <50 epg means that we could find no trace of worm eggs when the sample was tested. (epg means ‘eggs per gram’). If you are following a reduced worming programme you will not need to worm at this level.
NB. It is very common for a result to come back as <50 epg no eggs seen.
If the count is less than 200 epg then it is a LOW count and your worming measures are working. If you are following a reduced worming plan you may still want to delay the next dose at this level.
If the count is between 200 epg and 1200 epg it is a MEDIUM count and the horse needs worming.
If the count is more than 1200 epg it is a HIGH count, the horse needs worming and the worming programme needs attention.
Which worms are covered by the test?
Usually your result will say STRONGYLE EGGS. This is redworm, the most common parasite that affects horses.
We may find TAPEWORM EGGS, though these don’t always show on a count. Your horse could still have tapeworm even if no eggs are seen. There will not be a number to indicate the level of infection, as a worm count does not show this. You will need to worm for tapeworm.
We may find ASCARIDS. This is roundworm, usually only a problem in foals and previously neglected horses.
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