“I think it is fascinating to know just how many and what type of worm each horse has!
And to be able to treat each horse properly is amazing.” – Jill W., Horseplay Farms
“I think it is fascinating to know just how many and what type of worm each horse has!
Fecal Testing Just Got Easier
Protecting your horse from harmful internal parasites is a critical step in keeping your horse healthy. Internal parasites, left undetected, can hinder your horse's performance and contribute to your horse's declining health.
The test kit contains all the materials you need to test a single horse for internal parasites.
All Laboratory Testing and shipping fees are included in the kit's price.
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*** ⚠ US mail deliveries continue to be somewhat erratic and delayed. Therefore, we have been experiencing longer than usual USPS delivery delays of samples to our labs. However, we are still attempting to turn around any samples received within 48 hours. It is just taking longer for us to receive the samples. ⚠ ***
Zero Egg Count Parasite Test Kits are used by veterinarians, e-commerce sites, catalogs, retailers, trainers, barns and horse owners across the United States. Our kits can be used on all horses regardless of age or breed. Each kit contains all the materials you need to a test single horse:
+ 1 - Transparent, Leakproof, Reserable Collection Bag.
Our collection bag is designed to collect and preserve a horse's feal sample using the same bag which save time and limited waste while protecting a horse owner's hands from fecal matter. The bag's collapsible design also allows the user to remove excess air from the bag to maintain the sample's integrity during shipping, while our secure seal outer shipping bag provides an extra layer of leakproof protection.
+ 1 - Reusable, Food-safe, Refrigerant Coolant Pack.
Our freezable gel pack keeps a dog's sample cool during shipping to prevent parasite eggs from hatching. The durable freezer pack's gel ingredients are non-toxic and FDA compliant.
+ 1 - Insulated Pre-addressed, Prepaid, Shipping Envelope.
Our durable, cool shield thermal bubble mailer protects its contents from extreme temperatures and rough handling during return shipping. The mailer's self-seal adhesive strips ensure the sample stays locked inside during shipping. The mailer has been pre-addressed, and return shipping is prepaid to our laboratory.
+ 1 - Equine Parasite Collection and Treatment Form
This form is used to record your contact information and pertinent background about your horse. You can also use this form can also be used to record the treatment date and deworming product used after receiving the test results.
+ 1 - Detailed, Easy to Follow Sample Collection and Shipping Instructions Sheet
Our Sample and Collection Sheet includes step-by-step instructions on how to collect and ship your horse's manure sample to our laboratory.
Proactively detect and manage your horse's parasite burden.
Horses ingest and shed parasites at different rates, depending on their environment and care. Whether your horse is mostly confined, lightly grazed, or exposed to full-time pasture access, understanding your horse's level of parasite burden is critical in managing their overall healthcare.
Zero Egg Count Equine Parasite Test Kits provide vital information about your horse's worm burden and the effectiveness of your deworming program. Each Zero Egg Count mail-in fecal egg count test kit includes everything you need to collect and safely ship a horse's fecal sample to our lab for a thorough and accurate analysis of the parasites your horse is shedding into their environment.
Identifies the type and number of parasites infecting your horse.
Zero Egg Count's fecal egg count test detects and reports on the type and number of parasites infecting your horse. Your horse’s parasite test results are reported in eggs per gram (EPG). Eggs per gram is a standard measure for fecal egg counts so you can compare your current findings to previous testing results. The higher your horse’s EPG count, the higher the number of parasites your horse is shedding into their environment. The parasite EPG calculation is often referred to as a horse’s parasite load or worm burden.
Knowing your horse’s shedding classification helps you determine an appropriate deworming treatment program. A low shedding horse will typically need less deworming treatments than a medium or high shedder.
"Fecal egg counts can be used to select the moderate and high egg shedders for anthelmintic treatment." - American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)
Test Before You Treat
You should test (and treat) according to the region in which your horse lives. Equine parasite or worm egg counts increase in the Spring for horses living in the northern United States with egg counts peaking in the late Summer/Autumn and declining in the Winter months. While in the southern United States, the opposite pattern occurs, with the peak occurring in the Winter months.
Optimally, you should perform two fecal egg count test cycles, one when transmission of the parasites (i.e., strongyles) is most likely (e.g., Spring in the northern and midwestern U.S.) and one towards the end of the transmission cycle (e.g., late summer or Autumn in the northern and midwestern U.S.).
Each test cycle should consist of two separate fecal egg count tests. One fecal egg count test should be performed before any deworming treatment, and another performed 14 days after your deworming treatment. The before-treatment test identifies the type of parasites infecting your horse and provides your horse’s worm burden and shedder category. The after-treatment test shows what effect the dewormer had on your horse’s parasite burden. By performing both pre and post treatment fecal egg count tests, you can compare test results to determine if your dewormer is working properly and help identify if there is resistance developing to your selected dewormer. If there is resistance, a different dewormer can be chosen.
Elle - Trinita Farms
- "My name is Cinderella, but my friends call me Elle. My owner finally stopped pumping my system with paste dewormers every couple of months. She discovered that first testing my poop for evidence of parasites revealed that I only needed to be treated in Spring and sometimes in Fall. Thank you, Zero Egg Count! I feel much better and 🧡 my owner even more."
Your Time is Valuable
You want to schedule your horse's fecal testing when it works for you!
Some horse owners and barn managers rely on their veterinarians to acquire their horse's fecal samples and coordinate lab testing. However, this means you are limited to taking a fecal when the vet is there, which may not be the right time of year or what you had planned to do that day.
Maybe you live in an area where it is difficult for the vet to come to see you, or it's time-consuming to go by the vet's office to drop off a sample, or maybe you just want to take control of your horse's healthcare. Zero Egg Count Test kits allow you the freedom to test on your schedule while saving time and money.
Questions? We've Got Answers!
How much does your kit cost?
Our kits are inexpensive and include everything you need to collect and safely ship a horse's manure sample to our laboratory. Best of all is that all laboratory and shipping charges are included.
What’s the difference between your fecal egg count test and a veterinarian's fecal egg count test?
Most veterinarians and reference laboratories use the McMaster's Egg Counting Technique to determine the number of parasite eggs in a sample. However, the McMaster's Technique's limit of parasite egg detection is 25 EPG or greater. The current American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Parasite Control Guidelines recommends using an egg counting technique with a limit for detection of less than 25 EPG for Fecal Egg Count Reduction Testing. However, our testing method (the Modified Wisconsin Sugar Flotation Technique) has a detection limit of 1 egg per gram (EPG).
How do I know which parasites to test for?
We test for the most common parasites found in horses. Primarily redworms (Small and Large Strongyles) and roundworms (Ascarids). However, we will also report on threadworms (Strongyloides sp.), pinworms (Oxyuris sp.), tapeworms (Anaplocephia sp.) and coccidia eggs if present in the sample. NOTE: A horse's parasite EPG test results only indicate the presence of adult parasites within a particular horse.
How do I collect my horse's manure sample?
You will need to collect a manure sample for each horse that you have purchased a kit for. FRESH IS BEST, so collecting and shipping the sample on the same day works great, however, if that is not possible, then remember to refrigerate (not freeze) the sample and ship it as soon as possible. A sample collection bag and straight-forward step-by-step instructions are included with every kit.
Where do I send my horse's sample?
All equine fecal samples should be sent to our laboratory. A self-addressed prepaid shipping envelope is included with every kit. Remember to include your contact information so we will know where and how to send the test results.
When do I get my test results back?
We email your test results back to you within 48 hours of your sample arriving at our laboratory. However, if you prefer, we can send your results via US mail. All you need to do is indicate which method you prefer on our Sample Collection and Treatment Form included with every kit.
What's included in my test results?
Your test results will include what test was performed, what type, and how many parasite/worm eggs were detected, identify your horse's shedder category and next steps.
6 Reasons to Buy Zero Egg Count Test Kits!
✔ Accurate Test Results
Our testing laboratory has been serving horse owners and the veterinary community throughout the United States since 1984 and uses one of the most sensitive parasite testing methods available.
⏱ Save Time and Money 💵
Test when you want to test. No waiting on the vet or driving to the vet's office. You pick the time. Just scoop, seal and send- it's that easy.
😊 Simple to Use
Just collect a small sample of your horse’s manure and mail it to our lab. Everything is included along with a prepaid, pre-addressed, return envelope for one low price.
🐴 Better for your horse,
Better for the planet 🌎
Less treatment means less toxic chemicals for your horse and less toxic chemicals for the planet.
📄 Easy to Understand Test Results
No scientific jargon to look-up. Just easy to understand descriptions about which parasites were detected and what to do about it.
🧡 Used by Horse Owners like you
Join the veterinarians, horse owners, and barn managers who took control of their horse's healthcare by regularly performing fecal egg count testing.