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You may remember the lovely people at wormcount.com wrote a guest blog about their services, if you want to have a read of it here it is -> wormcount.com guest blog. The service is UK based but for overseas clients you can contact them directly as there is a small extra charge for postage. They are happy to send kits abroad but if the filled sample kit is going to take longer than about 4 days to get to them, it may compromise the sample and any eggs may have started to hatch which will give a false negative.  Europe, east USA, middle east countries are probably fine.

Each kit costs £6.50 which includes their delivery cost to you. The kits are very simple to use, here is what is included in a kit:

In the kit is a padded, addressed envelope, you are advised to send it through the UK postal system as a large letter, and a slip of paper to complete with some contact details, e-mail address, dog’s name and age etc. The sample is placed into a small plastic box which is then sealed into a small plastic bag which you must label so that if you are sending multiple samples in they can identify which sample belongs to which dog.

You can collect the sample in a poo bag as usual and then then transfer it into the box when you get home, much easier than trying to perform precision maneuvers in public and when there isn’t anywhere to wash you hands. I’ll spare you a shot of the kit before it was sent off!

I caught the days post and was absolutely delighted when by 3:30pm the following day I had the result delivered to me by e-mail. And just as delighted that Ted had the best test count result that I could hope for:

I did ask for some clarification on what the <50 epg meant in reality and quickly received the following response:

“The <50 epg result is the best result you can hope for. Statistically and scientifically it is incorrect to say that there are no eggs in the sample as we may just have missed the odd one in taking the small sample that we use.  What it means is that there were no eggs seen in the sample which allows for a very small margin of error. It is very safe therefore to assume that if there are no eggs seen in our sample then there should be no eggs in the rest of the poo and also in the rest of the dog! Any lab that gives a result of ‘clear’, is statistically incorrect. The important thing is not to worry because there were no eggs seen at all in Ted’s sample.”

I highly, highly recommend this service, it is cheaper than using the vet, it saves a trip to collect a sample kit from the vet, a trip back to the vet to drop it off and the vet then sitting between you and the test company and thus slowing down you getting the results. The people from wormcount.com have been a delight to deal with and their service is speedy.

I am ordering another kit to put away so that I can either do a routine test in 6 months time, or if I am ever concerned I can quickly get a sample off to put my mind at ease. It also means that if he ever has something I can use a product designed to target that particular parasite and then re-test to ensure it has worked. This has to be better than routinely worming a dog who likely doesn’t need it.

I should add that Ted hasn’t been wormed since he turned one (around 4 months ago). I did worm him as a puppy, although not as frequently as recommended, and I have NEVER used a spot on treatment. My vet has always made me feel like I am putting Ted at serious risk by not using a spot on so I’m really happy to have found this service. Despite the fact that all my research suggests applying pesticide to his skin/giving him chemicals on a routine basis is not a good idea it’s good to have the proof that he doesn’t need it, I take his health very seriously.

So in summary I can’t recommend this service enough, cost effective, efficient and helpful when you have questions.  You can find them on-line:

website: www.wormcount.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/WormcountDotcom
twitter: www.twitter.com/WormcountDotcom