All dogs are hosts to several intestinal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are the roundworms but we also sometimes, but rarely, see Lungworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four only two are commonly seen in the stool with the unaided eye: roundworms and tapeworms. Though roundworms don't often appear in the stools unless there is a heavy load or have been excavated using worming treeatments.
Sometimes, but not often, you will be able to tell if your dog or cat has worms by the symptoms they are exhibiting. Most worm infestations cause any or all of these symptoms: Diarrhea, perhaps with blood; Weight loss; Dry hair; General poor appearance; Vomiting, perhaps with worms in the vomit.
Many breeders and pet owners like myself are moving away from chemical worm and flea treatment and are turning to a more natural approach to eradicating parasites. The over-use of worming drugs increases the speed at which parasites will develop resistance to the drugs. So, being able to test your dogs for worms is an excellent resource and can save you some money in the long run.
Aside from cost, why should we be pumping chemicals into our dogs to treat something they may never have when you can simply test for them?
Worm Count Price:
Roundworm FEC (Flotation Test) £10
Heartworm/Lungworm (Baermanns) £10
Both of the above £15
You will first of all need to supply a sample of fresh poop from the dog you wish to have tested. As soon as we recieve the sample we will perform a Fecal Egg Count. In this examination a flotation solution is used to seperate any worm eggs that may be present in the stool sample. Because worm eggs (oocytes) are lighter than the solution they will float to the top of a test tube allowing collection. This is then examined under a microscope for evidence of an infestation.