Fellowes Farm is launching the use of the EquiSal Tapeworm Tests to make it easier for you to test for tapeworms at home.
Please take a look at the following information on how to use the EquiSal Tapeworm Tests.
The EquiSal Tapeworm Test
The EquiSal Tapeworm test detects the presence of tapeworms, not by counting eggs, but by measuring tapeworm-specific antibodies in saliva.
The test identifies horses with a low burden, a borderline results or a moderate/high burden. Treatment is recommended for any borderline or moderate/high results.
How long after worming can test be carried out?
Horses should NOT have been wormed for tapeworm 4 months before testing.
How often should EquiSal Tapeworm Tests be carried out?
Horses should be routinely tested twice a year for tapeworm with 6 months between tests. We recommend Spring and Autumn.
How do I get a Test sent to me?
How do I do the Test?
All you need to do is collect saliva from your horse using the specially designed swab (provided as part of the test kit).
Remember your horse MUST NOT have eaten, drunk, or exercised for at least 30 minutes before sampling.
Once the sample has been collect send it in the Freeport postage bag to the lab.
You will be contacted by Fellowes Farm with the results.
What happens if I drop the swab on the ground?
Providing the swab is not dirty, you can continue saliva collection, but please inform us on the delivery note. However, you must not wash the swab.
Extra swabs are available, so if you do require a new one, please contact the clinic on 01487 773333.
How will the client get the results?
All results will come to the practice via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Low results will be texted to the client and recommended to retest in 6 months.
- Borderline or Moderate / High results the client will be contacted by veterinary surgeon and given worming advice.