Worm Count Kit from Worm Counts for Dogs
Whether you use conventional wormers (Drontal, Panacur, Milbemax etc.) or herbal wormers it’s a good idea to regularly test the worm burden of your dog or cat to make sure they are getting the protection they need.
Our kits test for the following:
Our simple worm egg test will tell you if:
Your dog has worms
If your current wormer is working
If you need to worm your dog or not
Instructions for taking samples:
Worm (Green poo bag x 1)
Puppy Pooled Litter worm Kit (Green poo bag x 3) 3 pooled samples taken over 3 days.
Place the sample in the relevant poo bags
Put the poo bag/s into the smaller compostable zip bag
Place this into the larger compostable zip bag
Complete your information leaflet
Place both the leaflet and the larger compostable bag (which now contains your sample/s) into the postage bag.
Pop in a standard letter box – Label is prepaid so no need for stamps
Do a worm count test if:
You raw feed
Your dog is prone to fleas (immature fleas carry tapeworm)
You don’t want to worm unnecessarily
To make sure the wormer you’re using is working
You want to worm less often but remain protected
Your dog is a scavenger or a grass eater.
You can’t worm your dog for health reasons
A Faecal egg count is a snap shot of a specific moment in time. The test detects eggs of mature parasites that live inside the body and pass their eggs to the outside by shedding them into the dogs stool’s. It is possible that at the time of testing the parasites are too young to produce eggs, if no eggs are being shed the infection cannot be detected. There is also a possibility the eggs are In such small numbers at the time of testing they would be undetectable Thus showing a negative result.
The above is extremely rare but we would like to point out the possibilities.
If you worm your dog:
Worm egg counts can be done any time from 14 days after worming. We don’t recommend doing a test before 14 days has elapsed as the worming treatment you have used will need those 14 days to work its magic.
If you don't worm your dog:
Do a test any time, especially if you are concerned worms may be present, or you live in, or have visited, a lungworm hotspot (separate test).
It is recommended you test for worms four times a year.
Worming puppies and kittens
Always worm puppies (and kittens) by following a veterinary flea and worming schedule as they will have inherited a parasite burden from their mother, and not to do so can pose a serious health risk to very young animals. If you have any questions do not hesitate in getting in touch.
This test is not intended as a replacement for worming your pet in the first place, it is merely a way of monitoring the worm egg burden of your dog or cat and treating accordingly. Many owners choose to worm their pets while others never do, and that is of course entirely your decision. However, we strongly recommend that puppies and kittens follow a veterinary flea and worming schedule as they will have inherited a parasite burden from their mother, and not to do so can pose a serious health risk to very young animals. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Industry standard screening methods are employed by the laboratory. Faecal worm egg screens, larvae counts and giardia antigen screening are not, and can never be, a definitive reporting method. Every reasonable effort is made by the laboratory to ensure the accuracy and uniformity of screening methods. The result must be read as a snapshot of the content of the sample at the time it arrives in the laboratory and is only an indication of the worm burden of the animal.
Whether you worm conventionally, naturally, or not at all it’s a good idea to regularly test the worm burden of your dog to make sure they’re getting the protection they need and staying as healthy as possible.
Worm eggs and larvae are invisible to the naked eye. They're found outside in water bowls, on toys, clinging to blades of grass, on snails and their trails, in dog poo, and dead animals.
Your dog swallows the worm eggs, they hatch in the intestine and the baby worms attach themselves to the lining of your dog’s gut. They then proceed to release millions of eggs which your dog passes out in their poo and the cycle continues. So if your dogs tests positive for eggs, they’ve definitely got worms.