Why worm count?
Worm count testing offers great insight into your pets internal parasitic health as well as digestive health. It can indicate whether de-worming medication is necessary, or if your current worm medication is effective for your pet. All of our animal companions are susceptible to parasites, many of which can be passed on to their human family. These parasites can cause serious health conditions for both ourselves and our pets.
Worm count helps to reduce the amount of de-worming drugs used on your pet. Long term and unnecessary use of anti-worming medications can build up a tolerance to such drugs, whilst impacting your pets health, so when they have an infestation in the future, the medication may be in-effective. De-worming medication is also toxic to the environment. Toxins in the medication pass through your pet and destroy natural surroundings when excreted. Many insect populations have been affected by this problem.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) and British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) policy states that pet owners should avoid ‘blanket worming’.
What tests do we offer?
- Worm Count
- Fat and Fibre testing
- Combined worm egg count and lungworm
- Giardia (only available for cats and dogs)
When should I worm test?
It is vital for your pets health to worm test often. We recommend worm testing your pets quarterly (4 times per year). Regular testing in especially important for animals on a raw food diet.
- Standalone worm count, coccidia, fat and fibre screen: £25.20
- Standalone lungworm screen : £27.30
- Combined screen (worm count and lungworm): £44.10
- Giardia Screen (only available for cats and dogs): £37.80