A Guide To Faecal Egg Counts Australia Horses

The lowdown on our faecal egg count tests

Whether you are using faecal egg counts for surveillance to develop and monitor a worm control plan for individual horses, testing the worming product you are using to ensure it kills the worms, testing for worming drug resistant worms for herd health, or monitoring foals, weanlings and yearlings for ascarid (roundworm) our faecal egg count testing is the perfect WormGuider you need for safe sustainable worm control.

At WormGuide, we provide you with the most precise faecal egg count testing available. We understand your greatest concern lies with treatment decisions, so we have set a higher standard. Put simply, we care - a lot.

We are incredibly excited with the super 21st Century biotech and digital image egg-counting technology we use and proud to be able to report results with better reliability,highest precision and accuracy.

Here, at WormGuide good faecal egg count testing is paramount and it goes hand in hand with treating your horse right.


The lowdown on our faecal egg count

When you think of egg counts, you likely think they are all the same- are we right?
But did you know there are a multitude of available faecal egg counting techniques and modifications to these methods… and some without diagnostic quality or assurance. With many to choose from it would make your nostrils flare and eyes widen.
The choice of egg counting technique always represents a trade-off between simple low cost rated low diagnostic value on the one hand and high precision, high accuracy and with less variability on the other.
The choice is yours.

Always ask what detection limit (DL) the method uses. This is a number that converts the number of eggs counted to a standard reporting unit (eggs per gram EPG) of poo.  The limits of detection can range from 1 to 100 EPG. The lower the detection limit (DL), more eggs and types of eggs can be reported to you. This is very important when testing poo samples with low numbers of eggs. An example would be analysis of samples collected after treatment for worming  success or  worming failure.

This is how it works

The commonly used 50 epg (DL)method with a result of 0 eggs per gram means the number of eggs is really somewhere between 0-49 eggs.

A 25 epg (DL) method with a result of 0 eggs per gram means the number of eggs is really somewhere between 0-24 eggs.

When you receive an egg count result of `0` EPG, this number should not be interpreted literally that no eggs were present, but rather that the true number was lower than the detection limit.

What makes WormGuide`s faecal egg counts so good for you and your horse

WormGuide uses a proven scientific precision method of 4 EPG (DL) and a result of 0 eggs per gram will actually reflect the number of eggs somewhere between 0-3 eggs.  We detect many more eggs so you can treat your horse right.

Thus, the choice of egg counting technique always represents a trade-off between low cost, imprecise simple testing on one hand and a quality result with a low detection limit on the other hand.

For further understanding of Faecal Worm Egg Counting please click here.

But the goodness doesn`t stop there


At WormGuide, we analyse over 10 times more poo than the commonly used old microscope manual counting method (the old Mc McMaster method) and this difference lies at the heart of our superior faecal egg count test performance for you and your horses.

 Test good so you do good for your horses.

Whilst WormGuide`s faecal egg count tests go a long way toward providing more consistent and reliable results, we also don`t want you and your horses to pay for human errors.

What can possibly go wrong with the old fashioned microscope method you ask?

 Well, here is the list 

  • Rushing egg counts
  • Cutting corners
  • Missing critical steps
  • Changing the method
  • Eggs not counted
  • Counting slide grids wrong
  • Calculation errors
  • No adequate training
  • Fatigue setting in
  • Eye strain errors
  • Just having a bad counting day

 Unfortunately, the many sources of human error affect the accuracy of the faecal egg count result.

Why WormGuide faecal egg count testing is best

Put simply, here at WormGuide, your horse`s health comes first and that`s why the 21st  century technology that we use eliminates all human error – no mistakes here, we always have a good day.


Because of its superior precision, the possibility of misdiagnosis is less than 0.003%, which is at least 2000 times less likely than when using the 100 year old McMaster microscope manual counting method.

Are you ready to join the 21st century precision faecal egg count test revolution?

At Wormguide, we believe the health of our planet is just as important as the health of your horses. Use our airtight storage eco-friendly faecal egg count sample collection Kit for testing– guilt free! Just how it should be!

See WormGuide`s amazing What do my Results Mean? Guide free with your horse`s faecal egg count result.  How`s that for support!

 And if your veterinarian isn`t available to help you change to or help with the up to date best practice for meaningful and sustainable worm control, you can turn to our expert veterinarians in equine parasitology and epidemiology through our telehealth vet consultancy service for WormGuiders. Crazy good!

Ready to treat your horse, right? 

Order your faecal egg count here and experience the faecal egg count difference yourself.

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