Because of our unique 3-container mailing system, specimens will remain fresh for up to 3 weeks after mailing. Parasite eggs are very similar to chicken eggs. They are quite resilient and will remain intact long after they reach their “expiration date”. I have actually examined an old, dried up “road apple” and easily identified Strongyle eggs throughout the sample.
Fecal results should be sent to you within a week of you mailing in the sample. Before calling or emailing us for your late results, please check your spam folder. More than likely, you’ll find your report there!
Here is a great article on “The Horse’s” website explaining the differences between various parasites and how to go about choosing the correct dewormer. Click here to read the article.
My clients (and I) have appreciated the quick results and easy access for fecal tests.
Please send me more mailers.
– Andy K., DVM
A. This depends on the age and condition of the horse as well as prior fecal results. Older horses generally have fewer issues due to a natural worm resistance that has developed over time. Young horses, especially those under three years of age, need more frequent testing. As a rule of thumb, many equine veterinarian suggest fecals be done at least four times a year for adult horses. If a horse is under three years of age, every other month is best. This schedule should be followed until there are few to no parasites seen on a few consecutive samples. Then the time between samples can be increased.
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