Inexpensively test for: Toxocara, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Hookworm and Giardia. And screen for Lungworm and Heartworm .
Whether you use conventional wormers (Drontal, Panacur, Milbemax etc.) or herbal wormers it’s a good idea to regularly test the worm burden of your dog or cat to make sure they are getting the protection they need.
Simply leaving the house will expose your pets to worm eggs and larvae you can’t see - clinging to blades of grass, on snail trails, or on dead animals (mice and rats for example). The best way to find out if your pet is protected is to do a regular test for worm eggs. It's simple and you do it by post!
Do the wormcount test if:
- You raw feed
- You live in a lungworm hotspot
- You don’t worm your pet at all, or unless they need it
- You want to check that your regular worming schedule is providing cover
- Your dog is prone to fleas (fleas carry tapeworm eggs)
- Your dog mixes with other dogs
- Your dog or cat is a scavenger
- Inexpensively test for: Toxocara, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Hookworm and Giardia - Kit 1; screen for Lungworm and Heartworm - Kit 2
- Especially good if you don’t or can’t worm your pet for any reason
- Check if your herbal or pharmaceutical
- An excellent test for raw feeders, scavengers and dogs who like to roll in unmentionable things
- Peace of mind
- A great way to find out if your current worming regime is working
How to do the test
- Collect the sample using our kit and post straight to the lab
- We email you the results and any recommendations for treatment, within 24/48 hours of arrival to the lab
- The kit, lab test and results, reporting, and any advice are included in the price
- No need for an expensive vet visit
Collecting and storing your lungworm samples
It is essential that lungworm screen samples are stored above refrigeration temperature i.e. above 5 degrees Celsius. Please don't store your samples for days 1 and 2 in a fridge or freezer. Somewhere cool is fine, under a plant pot for example, or in the shed, as long as the temperature is over 5 degrees C.
Why do I need two kits?
We need one sample for Kit 1 whereas for Kit 2 we need a sample from three consecutive days.
- Kit 1 is a shorter test for Toxocara, Tapeworm, Whipworm, Hookworm and Giardia
- Kit 2 is a separate 24 hour test for Lungworm and Heart Worm
What’s in the kits?
- Gloves, collection spoon(s), a sample collection bag (compostable)
- Step by step instructions for collecting the sample
- A form to fill out with your details so we know where to send your results
- A return, addressed FREEPOST envelope
How often should I do a wormcount?
We recommend a worm egg count four times a year as the most cost effective way of keeping an eye on your dog’s internal parasite situation. If you want to test for lungworm and/or heart worm specifically select the lungworm kit to add to your basket. If you order one of each kit - worm egg count and a lungworm kit - you will be fully covered (and save £5 compared to buying the two kits individually).
When to worm:
Worm egg counts can be done any time from 14 days after worming. We don't recommend doing a test beforehand as the worming treatment you will have used, whether conventional (Milbemax, Advocate) or herbal will need 14 days to work it's magic.
This test is not intended as a replacement for worming your pet in the first place, it is merely a way of monitoring the worm egg burden of your dog or cat and treating accordingly. Many owners choose to worm their pets while others never do, and that is of course entirely your decision. However, we strongly recommend that puppies and kittens follow a veterinary flea and worming schedule as they will have inherited a parasite burden from their mother, and not to do so can pose a serious health risk to very young animals. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Industry standard screening methods are employed by the laboratory. Faecal worm egg screens, larvae counts and giardia antigen screening are not, and can never be, a definitive reporting method. Every reasonable effort is made by the laboratory to ensure the accuracy and uniformity of screening methods. The result must be read as a snapshot of the content of the sample at the time it arrives in the laboratory and is only an indication of the worm burden of the animal.