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Giardia screen

Giardia screen

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The giardia rapid antigen home testing kit is easy to do, accurate and quick. If you think your dog has giardia, buy a kit and do the test as soon as you receive it. If your dog or cat is susceptible to giardia or is young or very old, we recommend you buy a kit to keep at home for an immediate result.

The earlier you test, the sooner you can treat.

Full details

This is a home testing kit.

  1. Simple and easy to do with full instructions
  2. Works just like a home Covid test
  3. Get the results in 10 minutes or less
  4. It is a standard veterinary test
  5. Take it with you to the vet if you get a positive result
  6. No need to post to the lab

It is wise to test for giardia if you have:

  1. Young puppies and kittens
  2. Older dogs and cats
  3. A pet showing symptoms
  4. Dogs or cats undergoing treatment which lowers their immunity
  5. If you or a family member has cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy or has another illness which compromises the immune system

Symptoms include:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrhoea
  3. Mucus in the faeces
  4. A soft, watery poo
  5. Weight loss.

What's in the kit?

1 x Giardia test

  1. Full instructions
  2. Gloves
  3. A rapid test cassette
  4. Pipette
  5. Buffer

How to do the test.

How does it work?

  1. Collect a sample of your dog's faeces
  2. Place the swab containing the faeces into the buffer tube and stir thoroughly
  3. Open the cassette and position it on a flat, clean surface
  4. Use the pipette to collect a sample of the buffer/specimen
  5. Drip 4 drops of the mixture into the specimen well on the cassette.
  6. Start the timer

Results should be read at 10 mins. However, If a red line can be read clearly before 10 minutes consider it a positive.

When's the best time to test?

If your dog or cat is showing any of the following signs, or you suspect giardia.

  1. Vomiting
  2. Diarrohea
  3. Soft, watery poo
  4. Mucus in the stool
  5. Weight loss

Important information

Please note:

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 it 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. Not doing so can pose a severe health risk to very young animals.

If you have any questions,
please don’t hesitate to contact us or your vet.

The laboratory
Feclab, employs industry-standard screening methods. Faecal worm egg screens, larvae counts, and giardia antigen screening are not, and can never be, a definitive reporting method. The laboratory makes every reasonable effort 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.

Whether you worm
conventionally, naturally, or not at all, it’s a good idea to regularly
test your dog's worm burden to ensure they get the protection they need and stay as healthy as possible.

Worm eggs and larvae aren't
visible to the naked eye. They're found in water bowls, on toys,
clinging to blades of grass, on snails and their trails, in dog poo, and
on dead animals. If they get close enough, it’s possible to ingest
worms from sniffing another dog’s bottom.

Worms
Your dog swallows the worm eggs, they hatch in the intestine, and the worms attach themselves to the lining of your dog’s gut. They then release millions of eggs which your dog passes out in their poo, and the cycle continues. So if your dog tests positive for eggs, they’ve got worms.

Lungworm

Your dog swallows lungworm larvae, and they enter the gut. The larvae then burrow out of the gut into the bloodstream and make their way to the heart and sit alongside it. On the way, they become adult lungworms.
Once there, they release millions of eggs, which break into the lungs
and make their way up until your dog coughs and swallows them. They go back through the gut and pass out in the stool.

Giardia Cyst


While the worm count test screens for Giardia, it is worth noting that this relies on the cyst being present within the sample provided. Should your dog display any signs or symptoms of Giardia, or if you want to include Giardia testing as part of your parasite routine, use one of our Giardia Antigen Rapid home testing kit for this.

It's a simple test with results in minutes. The kit looks and works like a Covid test and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.



Performance characteristics


  • Relative sensitivity: 95.12%

  • Relative specificity: 95.87%



Storage Conditions 
2-30°C

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