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Should You Do a Worm Count?
7 CommentsFriday, 31 May 2013 | Kate
What Is a Worm Count?
A worm count is actually a counting of the worm eggs present in a sample of faecal matter. This examination determines whether or not there are any worm eggs present in the stool. If the answer is yes then it means there are also worms present in the animal that gave the faecal sample. Most worms that live inside animals will lay their eggs which will be passed via the stool. Once the stool is in the public domain insects can pick up the eggs and they may be eaten by our pets which starts the cycle again.
Why Do a Worm Count?
Slugs and snails can often carry Lungworms and their eggs which can lead to much bigger problems if your pet eats them during their excursions. Many types of worms can easily be passed onto us and our families so it's better to be safe than sorry.
This is why routine worm counts are such a good idea. Routinely checking once or twice a year can give you the peace of mind from knowing that your family is protected from worms. If one of your pets happens to pick up worms then there are a range of treatments available. Worm eggs can't be seen in the stool by the naked eye which is why they need to be sent off to a laboratory for a professional examination.
How Do They Work?
When you opt to carry out a worm count you'll pay for a worm count kit which will be sent to you. The kit will come with instructions but essentially you'll collect a stool sample (with gloves on) and send it back where it will be examined. The results will be sent back to you with further instructions if necessary.
Where Do I Get One?
You can order a worm count for your dog from My Itchy Dog.
How Effective Are They?
As some worms and their eggs can't be seen by the naked eye it is necessary to have a stool sample professionally examined under a microscope to determine whether there are eggs present. It is hard to be completely accurate and count every egg present (if any) so measurements are usually given to the nearest 50 eggs. If you've already tested for worms and they were found in the stool sample then a repeat test is the quickest way to find out whether treatments are working to get rid of the worms.
How Do I Stay Protected without Using Chemical Wormers?
Many pet owners prefer to use herbal worming treatments these days such as Verm-X as opposed to chemical treatments. It makes sense as most people would prefer to treat their pets with they'd be happy to take themselves. Lungworm is potentially fatal to our pets and they are very difficult to cure so prevention and routine checks are the key to keeping our pets safe. While there are medicinal worming treatments available you can't be sure your pet won't creep off somewhere to throw it back up.