Lung Worm Count Test
Working with our Laboratory Partner - Feclab - we now offer worm count tests alongside our range.
How does a Lung Worm Count work and how is it different to a standard Worm Egg Count?
Faecal Egg Count (FEC) is a method of determining how many internal parasite Eggs are present in a particular poo sample. It may also be possible to determine the different types of worms or other parasites present. The information on both the number and type of parasites can be used to determine whether or not a worming treatment is required - often owners follow a monthly worming programme that is both costly and unnecessary for their dogs (would you treat your child for head-lice 'just in case' they had them or would you check first?)
If an animal has internal parasites the eggs produced by the adult parasites are often passed out in the poo. If eggs are found in a fresh poo sample it shows that worms are present in the animal.
The number of eggs found can provide a useful indication of the level of parasite infection, so a high egg count would suggest a high level of adult parasites in the animal.
FEC is an extremely valuable tool to monitor parasite levels for individuals and groups of animals.
Unlike intestinal parasites, lungworms reside in the lungs of a dog. Most dogs will not show any signs of having lungworms, but some can develop a cough. Snails and slugs are popular intermediate hosts of this type of parasite, but dogs are usually infected after eating a bird or rodent who has ingested an intermediate host or drinking from streams or puddles.
What FecLab do with your sample
Our Lungworm faecal sample test is done using a technique called Baermann flotation , which may show larvae of both Angiostrongylus and Crenosoma but bear in mind that larvae may only be present intermittently in the faeces and dogs may show clinical signs such as coughing prior to the larvae being present in the faeces.
The faecal sample is suspended in a solution for 24 hours, Then analysed, Lungworm Faecal tests are not 100% , if you know of Lungworm cases in your area a veterinary blood test is advisable.
You will receive your results within 48-72 hours of receipt by email.
Feclab always test samples twice to give a professional accurate result.
How to take a sample
Your kit will include: A resealable outer bag, gloves, spoons, 3 x odour proof sample bags, form, Freepost envelope
1) Place THREE DIFFERENT poo samples (from different times of the day) into the odor proof sample bags using the gloves and spoon provided. Seal them, then place into the outer resealable bag.
2) Fill in the form with all of your details
3) Pop the form and sample into the freepost envelope and put it into any letterbox
4) Your results will arrive within 48-72 hours of it being received at the lab