Faecal Worm Egg Count Kits
Effective use of faecal worm egg counts, where a sample of dung is tested, will allow you to monitor your horse’s worm burden. This test detects the presence of adult stages of roundworms. Tests are mainly performed through spring and summer and possibly early autumn.
Faecal egg counts
Faecal egg counts are very useful and easy to do, what do they tell us?
Is worming your horse or group of horses necessary?
Less worming means less drugs used
Less drugs will also slow down the inevitable resistance that develops from overuse of the worming products we use
They do not detect tapeworm and do not detect the encysted (hibernating) stage of the small redworm
They do not detect bots as these are not worms, but fly larvae
Treat for roundworms through the summer and spring as required
Treat for tapeworms at least twice a year (autumn and again in spring)
Treat for bot fly larvae in autumn
Treat for encysted small redowrms (cyathostomins) in late autumn/winter, using a single dose of moxidectin or five days of fenbenzadole
Contents of a Faecal Worm Egg Count Kit include:
Prepaid, addressed envelope
Clear plastic wallet
Horses must not have been wormed 12 days prior to testing
Write your HORSE'S NAME, YOUR SURNAME and the DATE on the white strip on the small re-sealable plastic wallet provided
Place the glove provided on your hand and pick up a golf ball size of fresh (preferably warm) dung from your horse
Turn the glove inside out while holding the dung sample so that it effectively lands up inside the inverted glove, tie a knot in the glove
Place the glove with sample in it inside the plastic wallet and seal
Fill in all the necessary detail inside this leaflet
Place the sample and this leaflet in the prepaid envelope provided
It is important to send the sample BEFORE the LAST POST of the day, to ensure we receive it while still fresh
ONLY POST MONDAY TO THURSDAY to avoid any delays
This card will be returned to you and the results will be reported and discussed over the phone, so please provide the most accessible PHONE NUMBER
Results will also be emailed or posted so please tick your preference
It is important to worm only when necessary, as using less drugs will slow down the inevitable resistance that develops from overuse of the worming products.
The worm egg count test done on your horses dung sample will measure the number of worm eggs in the sample. This then gives us a good indication of how many active egg laying adult worms are in your horse’s gut.
A count above 200 epg (eggs per gram of faeces) is as an indication that worming your horse should be considered.
An egg count below 200 epg is considered sufficiently low not to warrant worming on this particular occasion. This however must be viewed in the context of the horse’s environment, what other horses live and graze on the same fields and what their egg counts are. If the egg count is below 200 epg and depending on the risks they are exposed to we recommend retesting in 4-6 weeks.
Please remember to manage horses as a herd - You may get an egg count that is closer to 1000 epg or up to 3000 epg, these particular results suggest immediate treatment.