Concern about cases of pinworm (Oxyuris equi) has been on the increase over the last few years. If a pinworm problem is suspected then a worm count is unlikely to show the worm eggs because they are more often laid outside the horse around the anus area. Instead a more reliable sellotape test is used which takes an impression from the skin around the horse's bottom. This is examined under the microscope to look for the presence of pinworm eggs.
Fortunately pinworm does not cause a problem to the horse’s digestive system and won't cause internal damage like other worms. However it can cause irritation, sometimes so severe that horses will rub themselves raw around their tail head; this can lead to skin infections and further problems. Use this test on an adhoc basis to help detect a pinworm problem if a horse is itching its tail.
Direct From the Lab
Order a pack through or secure online shop or call us on 01670 791994. Your pack will contain all you need to collect and send samples including a postage paid return envelope and pre- paid vouchers for the laboratory testing along with plenty of helpful information. Choose how many horses to test and buy the right number of kits. Discounts if you buy a worm count kit and pinworm test at the same time.
Use a Westgate Labs Merchant
We work with over 200 shops, retailers, vets and SQPs to provide our worm counts and pinworm tests as a service in store near you. Collect and pay for the collection strips you need in store, send off the samples in the prepaid envelope provided. Your local retailer will contact you with your results and in most cases will also be able to provide advice and any wormers if required. Look for our sign to buy with confidence.
Purchase a Westgate Retail Pack
Available from all good saddlers Westgate worm count kits are also available in your local store in gold shiny foil pouches. Naturally it’s the same award winning service that customers already know and trust, backed up with advice from experienced SQPs if you should require it.
Please note: we do not supply our service through any other manufacturer so make sure you ask for the Westgate Labs service by name!
Sellotape impression kit to test for the presence of pinworm in equines
Test kit includes everything you need to take and send a sample including pre-paid voucher(s) for laboratory testing and veterinary approved worming advice from our friendly team of qualified SQP's if required.
Laboratory examination for pinworm:
- £7.50 per sample
- £5.00 if included with a worm egg count
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