EquiSal Tapeworm Test Results What do my results mean?

What do the results of my horse's EquiSal tapeworm test mean? For each horse on the result sheet there will be a tapeworm diagnosis as follows:

EquiSal Tapeworm Test Results

EquiSal Tapeworm Saliva Score Tapeworm Diagnosis Tapeworm Treatment Recommended
< -0.09 Low No
-0.09 to 0.6 Borderline Yes
> 0.6 Moderate/High Yes

Your results will identify horses with a low burden, a borderline (1 adult tapeworm) result or a moderate/high burden (9 + adult tapeworm) and treatment will be recommended by Austin Davis Biologics (the laboratory who developed the test) as detailed in the table above. 

The saliva score results span the scale of negative and positive numbers which can sometimes prove confusing! If you're a bit unsure what this means then we've developed the following infographic to explain how this works:

The most important part of the result to focus on is the accompanying advice about whether worming is required. Any score of -0.09 or higher needs treatment.

Where worming is needed it can be tricky to know what to use now that Equitape has been withdrawn from sale. Tapeworm treatments are most effective on the adult worms rather than any larvae present. This means horses can sometimes need a few cycles of test and treat to get on top of a burden. All tapeworm tests purchased through us include free followup advice, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

If you need any advice as to which wormer is required please do not hesitate to contact us at info@westgatelabs.co.uk or 01670 791994.

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