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Testing for Tapeworm

EquiSal; the new test for Tapeworm It is thought that about 20 - 30% of horses in the UK are infected with tapeworm. All horses need to be protected from tapeworm as they can cause diarrhea, weight loss and colic. Good news! A simple and reliable test is now available for tapeworm.

About the EquiSal Tapeworm Test

The EquiSal Tapeworm Test is a simple-to-use saliva test. Horse owners can take the samples themselves using the specially designed swab collection kit without the need for a vet. This innovative test was developed at Austin Davis Biologics Ltd by a team of experienced scientists (including the inventor of the Clear Blue pregnancy test).

It has been rigorously tested and validated so you can have every confidence in relying on your results.

Testing with the EquiSal tapeworm kit When to test for tapeworm

The best time to carry out the first test is 4 months after worming for tapeworm. This is because antibody levels in the saliva reduce over time after treating a tapeworm infection. You need to be sure that there is sufficient time to allow the levels to drop or you may get a false result.

At present we would recommend testing twice a year with a six month gap between tests. As further information becomes available through additional research this recommendation may change.

How to test for tapeworm
Purchase your EquiSal test kit.Full instructions are included in the kit. Important: Your horse must not have eaten or been exercised for 30 minutes before testing.
Use the specially designed swab to collect a saliva sample from your horse by inserting it in the side of his mouth in the space where the bit normally sits.
Wait for the indicator to turn pink. This shows that enough saliva has been absorbed into the swab and can take a few minutes.
Pop the swab into the collection tube, and return it to the Austin Davis Biologics laboratory in the pre-paid postage bag.

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