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Pinworm test service

Pinworm test service

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.

Bespoke Veterinary Service

  1. Sellotape collection kits and prepaid envelopes are provided along with paperwork using your branded practice heading and information sheets for clients. These can be tailored to your own requirements.
  2. Clients send samples direct to us, we test samples on the day we receive them in the post and report the results back to YOU either by email, phone or post. We send an invoice at the month end for tests carried out for you.

We have had very positive feedback from the veterinary practices already using this simple system. If you are interested in this service please contact: david@westgatelabs.co.uk or phone: 01670 791994.