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Kristy testing wrom count samples in the lab using a microscopeHere at Westgate Labs we offer a number of different tests that you can use with your horses to manage your worming programme. Find out about the different tests that are available, when and how you would use them and which worms you target with which tests.

Faecal worm egg count test for small and large redworm

A worm egg count is the main test on which you should base your worming programme. A small sample of dung is prepared using a centrifuge and examined under the microscope to find out how many worm eggs are present. The test is a reliable way to monitor mature strongyles (small and large redworm) in the horse, the main parasites that affect horses. Use the test to monitor your horses worm burden and treat accordingly.

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EquiSal tapeworm saliva test

The EquiSal Tapeworm Test is a simple to use saliva test that measures the antibodies to the tapeworm parasites that are present in the horse. Unlike the Elisa blood test which is the traditional method of testing, horse owners can take samples for the EquiSal test themselves without the need for a vet. It has been rigorously tested and validated so you can have every confidence in relying on your results. Add regular (twice yearly) EquiSal tests to your worm count programme to target your worming for tapeworm.

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Pinworm sellotape test

If you suddenly find thin, white, pointy worms appearing in your horse’s droppings or your horse is rubbing its tail and you don’t suspect sweetitch he probably has pinworms. These are an increasingly common problem, difficult to get rid of but usually causing no more than irritation in the horse. We can perform a pinworm test to identify this.

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Liver fluke faecal egg count

This test is similar to a faecal egg count; a small sample of dung is prepared using a centrifuge and examined under the microscope to look for liver fluke worm eggs in the horse. Although this parasite normally affects sheep and cattle, it can also be found in horses and is more prevalent in wet or heavy land.

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Sedimentation test for lungworm

This is a faecal test that can be used to detect the presence of lungworm in equines. A parasite most commonly found in donkeys, it is rare for lungworm larvae to develop to full maturity in horses, though young, old and immune compromised horses and ponies can be susceptible. Because of the laboratory process involved a sedimentation test requires a larger amount of faecal matter and takes a number of days to complete.

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Use the test results to plan your worming strategy. We can help you to do this. A worm count will allow you to treat your horse in a knowledgeable way. It will give you peace of mind over your worm control measures.