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Qualitative Fecal Test
QUALITATIVE FECAL TEST 002 Qualitative Fecal Test
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Qualitative Fecal Test

With the Qualitative Fecal Test Kit you can obtain a modified Wisconsin equine fecal analysis. This kit contains a submission form, instructions, plastic specimen container and a postage-paid return sample mailer. Recommended for identifying eggs in low-burdened horses, this fecal test may be an important part of your horse's deworming regime. Read more...

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The Qualitative Fecal Test Kit has all you need to obtain a qualitative (modified Wisconsin) analysis: a submission form, instructions, a sealable plastic specimen container and a postage-paid return sample mailer. Because the entire contents of the submitted sample are concentrated and examined, the qualitative (modified Wisconsin) fecal analysis is recommended for identifying eggs in low-burdened horses. This type of testing is far more precise for finding and identifying eggs when they are present in low numbers, thus, it reduces the number of false-negatives. As the entire sample is examined, it is often impossible to count individual eggs in high-yield animals. If the lab discovers the signs of intestinal parasites, the parasite species will be identified (most commonly strongyle and roundworm in horses) and only estimated quantities of eggs seen will be reported (usually as "light", "moderate" or "heavy"). If no evidence of parasitic activity is seen, the results will be reported as "No ova or parasites seen".

Fecal testing is an extremely important procedure for horse health maintenance that is both easy and inexpensive to achieve. Simply place a small fecal sample in the kit's sealable plastic bag and mail it to the equine testing laboratory in the provided mailer. The lab will let you know, via direct email (or U.S. Mail if no email is available) if there is any evidence of intestinal parasitic activity in your horse. It's as simple as that!

For consistent health maintenance, a fecal analysis should optimally be performed four times per year for adult equines. After your horse has tested negative for several consecutive test cycles, the time between tests can be increased.

Please note: Because of the nature of their unusual life-cycles, tapeworm and pinworm eggs are not commonly seen during routine fecal analysis. Please refer to your veterinarian for specific tests to detect these parasites.

Qualitative versus Quantitative testing: Which is right for my horse?

We at Dover Saddlery feel that offering two types of fecal testing is very important for the detection of equine intestinal parasites. In our experience, the qualitative (modified Wisconsin) analysis is more precise for finding and identifying eggs in low-burdened animals, thus, it reduces the number of false-negatives. The quantitative (McMaster's) analysis is valuable for establishing a baseline and for monitoring any patient on a deworming program. Both reports, which are sent directly to your email address, will identify the type of intestinal parasite residing in your horse (if eggs are seen). Quantitative reports will provide you with actual egg counts ("1,200 ova per gram") while qualitative reports will provide you with estimates ("mild", "moderate" or "heavy" loads seen).

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