1. Can I use my WormGuide Horse Worm Egg Count Test Kit to collect a sample for more than one horse?

Your Kit includes everything needed to collect and mail-in your faecal sample for one horse. We know how busy you are, so we have made our testing kits as easy, cost-effective, and painless as possible. (You will still need to pick up a little of your horses’ poo though!) Worry-free test subscription (coming soon) and special care packages are also available to help you maintain ongoing and properly timed horse worm egg count testing. And for a minimum of six horses, ourGold Standard Resistance Detection Service helps to identify worms that have developed (full-fledged) resistance and worms that are developing resistance against the dewormers used on your property.  

2. What if I can’t post my horses sample on a Monday or a Tuesday?

Our Monday or Tuesday postage recommendation is highly recommended. (Although not ideal, we still promise to test your sample with the same outstanding service if you post it on a Wednesday). The horse worm eggs in your horses’ samples are developing parasitic nasties and once they have hatched, we cannot count them. So, the quicker we test your horses' poo samples the more reliable your readings. Please follow collection directions included in your Kit. We eat, sleep and breathe efficient and accurate service, so since we are relying on the good people at Australia Post to deliver your neatly rolled poo sample to us during COVID, we recommend that it is mailed on Monday to be with us before we head to the paddocks for the weekend. But be assured, we collect samples from our post box every weekday morning.

*Due to COVID-19, Australia Post expect delays. Preferably send samples on a Monday to ensure we can test before the weekend.  

3. I forgot to include my Faecal Submission Form! What should I do?

Don’t worry! If you find that your Faecal Sample Submission Form missed its ride in the priority paid mailer, please email us atinfo@wormguide.com.auto let us know. Please include the details from the form in your email (or you might even like to download thesubmission form and email it to us or send a scanned copy of your form). Either way, we’ll get it sorted. The great news is a convenient log of your horses ongoing horse worm egg count test results are kept in an electronically stored Test Record; so missing forms don’t equal missing records. Your test results are permanently available to you and your vet any time you need them. 

4. That’s a very small container. Are you sure I have included enough poo?

Boy have we got some stories! (We may or may not have received shoe-box sized horse poo samples in the mail before!). It may surprise you that we actually analyse more than 10 times more faecal matter than the commonly used McMaster microscope method. This reduces the risk of sampling errors and increases the reliability of any given result. The possibility of a misdiagnosis is less than 0.0003% (at least 2000 times less likely than when using McMasters). This is ground-breaking stuff. We detect more horse worm eggs which is better for you and your horse because an imprecise result may lead you to avoid treatment when in fact treatment is necessary. Read more about our fluorescence imaging technology here.
On a side note - We love our small, recyclable sample collection container. Firstly because we aim to tread lightly on the earth and it is fully recyclable but also because it is an important part of our zero airflow protection system that helps to maintain the integrity of your sample. It is important when collecting and packing your sample, that you remove as much air as possible from the bag to deprive developing eggs of oxygen and stop them from hatching. (And you thought we were making you roll poo for fun!) This simple action will contribute to accurate testing and reliable outcomes. Our step by step guide makes collecting, packing and mailing your sample as easy as pie.

5. What do you do with my horses’ sample after you have tested it?

You’ll be pleased to know that we are a socially responsible organisation and strive to make decisions that have a positive impact on our community, customers and the environment. As you know composting is a great manure management technique and properly composted manure is a fantastic source of slow-release soil nutrients for our pastures and gardens. So, the truth is your sample is added to our composting manure pile along with additional organic materials. Non-composted horse manure should never be spread on pastures as this will increase the level of parasite contamination. And of course, we recycle all used contaminated worm egg count collection kit plastics. We believe it’s our responsibility to respect and protect the environment and take meaningful steps in sustainability – from Kit disposal to packaging and everything in between – as we strive toward a greener future for our horses and their environment.
Read more about the proper composting of manure in the AAEP Parasite Control Guidelines.

6. How long will it take to receive my test results?

As soon as your horse’s faecal sample is tested a results email is generated  and sent straight to your in-box along with a What Do My Results Mean Guide. These results will help you and your vet develop a meaningful deworming program for your horse. 

7. I had no idea that dewormer resistance was such an alarming threat! Where can I find out more about protecting my horse and property?

Informed, empowered and connected horse owners are the key to lasting change. Resistance is a non-reversible, genetic feature of the worm population on pastures. Our WormGuide TestKitsare used to test for emerging horse wormer resistance.

8. Why do you recommend that I consult my veterinarian?

Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions regarding your horse`s results, condition, and worm control program decisions because we want the best for your horse. It is our mission to make a substantial and lasting impact in equine health habits and outcomes and the best way to achieve this is in collaboration with animal specialists because great things happen when we work together.

9. What is this Truth Teller Test everyone is talking about?

Ahhh … the Truth Teller. So glad you asked!The Truth Teller is the after-treatment test that youcan notafford to miss. After treatment egg count tests must always be performed 10 – 14 days after deworming to check for horse wormer treatment success. Without this information it is impossible to design a meaningful and sustainable worm control approach. As Dr Martin Nielsen says, without this information we are fumbling in the dark. With it we are empowering horse owners to use horse wormers responsibly and we are changing habits to help ensure our horses have access to a treatment that works.
(Read Dr Martin Nielsen’s testimonial here).

10. Why are treatment recommendations different for young and adult horses?

Young and mature horses are affected by different parasitic worms at different stages of their lives andAAEPParasite Control Guidelines are specified separately for adult and young horses. Young horses (less than 3 years) are more susceptible to parasitic worm disease so need special attention and care. Because our horse worm egg count tests identify and count ascarids and strongyles we are able to provide the special testing attention that young horses need and pre and post treatment testing to help you individualise your adult horses' care. It is important that you follow the guidelines specific to the age of your horse – for both young and adult horses.

11. Tell me more about the electronic test record? Why do I need it? What are its benefits?

This service is a standard WormGuide feature and is included in your Worm Egg Count Mail-in Test Kit purchase.

Advantages of easily accessible and permanently stored worm egg count data:

It helps you and your veterinarian monitor the effectiveness of your strategic worm control program. This vital information may help guide your veterinarian’s treatment.

Provides buyers with a worm management history to allay fears and identify possible dewormer resistance. Many buyers will not risk introducing horse wormer resistant worms to their property.

Agistment and training facilities use our electronic health records to investigate the worm contamination potential associated with your horse.

It is in the best interest of your horse. If your horse is at a shared horse facility this information is essential for the effective co-ordination of worm control. 

If you are a property manager, our electronic test records are a great PR tool and support your ‘healthy horse facility’ marketing. Why not keep our Kits on hand for all property new comers. 

Technology and innovation are the key to keeping our properties and horses healthy. 

12. Do you test for tapeworms and pinworms?

We test for ascarids (Parascaris spp; roundworms) the major concern for foals and weanlings and strongyles (cyathostomins) the major concern for adult horses.  Your veterinarian is the best person to talk to about equine pinworm and tapeworm tests. Click here for further information regarding equine tapeworms and pinworms.

13. Can I use my Wormguide Test Kit to test for worm eggs in my other animals?

WormGuide provide worm egg count support for horses only. Your kit should not be used to test for faecal worm eggs in other animals. We are in the process of expanding our service to support other animals.

14. Do you accept diarrhoea samples?

We routinely accept fully formed stools, but if your horse is showing no other signs of illness we will accept manure samples similar in form to a `cow plop` consistency.

Acute (sudden onset) watery diarrhoea is an emergency for horses. It can be a serious condition that requires prompt attention and treatment from your vet.

Chronic diarrhoea happens over a long period of time (2 weeks to 1 month)