STORING SAMPLES FOR DUNG (FAECAL) WORM EGG COUNTS
ALSO SEE NEW ADVICE ON OUR INFORMATION SHEET RE WORM EGG COUNTS - PRACTICAL ADVICE!
A quick reminder that samples of faeces to be submitted for worm egg counts should be refrigerated if they will take more than 12 hours to reach us.
Storing samples at higher temperatures can lead to false results as eggs can develop above fridge temperatures; freezing samples destroys eggs and so will also lead to a false result.
Remember worm egg counts only detect strongyle eggs, which is a very useful monitoring tool especially in the summer.
However it can not detect encysted redworm, tapeworm or bots, so you still need to use the appropriate wormer at the correct time of year to deal with these parasites. (Blood tests (and now saliva testing) are useful for detecting tapeworm but are of limited use for other worms - Ask your vet!)