Pregnancy and Whelping

During pregnancy the body goes through many changes. Therefore, ensuring a high level of health and intestinal hygiene for your bitch is paramount.

At Feclab, we recommend making sure that your bitch is wormed or if you are using natural worming methods, that you are following a consistent worming programme, prior to mating.

If following a natural worming programme, it is important that you check with the company / manufacturer that you are following their recommended guidance for pregnancy and whelping. This is because Roundworm and Hookworm can be passed from the bitch to the unborn pups.

  • Pharmaceutical wormers are often given from 40 days of pregnancy.
  • We recommend carrying out a Faecal Egg Count between 40 – 45 days of pregnancy.
  • Due to the changes in hormones another Faecal Egg Count should be carried out again at 2 weeks post whelping. This should also include a Pooled Puppy Litter test (please see information below).

Due to changes in hormones, Dormant worms can be stimulated by this, therefore it is important that regular Faecal Egg Testing is carried out for both the bitch and the pups. For those following natural worming programmes, this is essential.

As a guide we recommend the following for Puppies:

 

Pooled litter Puppy Worm Kit

  • 2 – 3 weeks old
  • From 4 weeks old, individual samples should be collected rather than a pooled test of the litter.
  • 8 weeks / pre movement

 

Worm count

  • 12 weeks

 

Wormcount and Lungworm (if funds allow)

  • 16 weeks
  • 20 weeks
  • 26 weeks
  • Followed by every 3 months (on the basis that if they have any concerns prior to the 3 monthly retest date, they test earlier).

 

Lungworm – for those not following a natural prevention programme

We recommend testing for Lungworm every 6 weeks, for those not following a natural prevention programme. This is due to the lifecycle of lungworm. For those with a compromised immune system testing times should be adapted to accommodate this and risk factors. More frequent faecal analysis may be required.
 

Please note

If you notice any unexplained diarrhoea within the litter of pups, we would strongly recommend testing for Giardia, using the Giardia Antigen Rapid home test kit.

We recommend worming pregnant bitches and puppies as advised by your vet. Due to the changes in hormones and the weakened immune system of puppies, worm challenges can pose a serious health risk. Veterinary advice should always be sought.

Available test kits for Dogs & Cats

You can now purchase your freepost Animal specific worm egg count from our website. You will receive your result via email. In some cases we may post positive results i.e. for lungworm, if confirmation of receipt is not received. Our staff are fully qualified Amtra SQP’s able to advice on Anthelmintic products.

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Feclab Specialise in Faecal Egg counts for Companion Animals, Equine, Livestock & Poultry.

Have you carried out a FEC and Equisal tapeworm test for your horse/s recently? If not then they are available on our website.THE WORM THAT TURNED: ANTHELMINTIC RESISTANCE IN TAPEWORM🪱

It's important to target worming only to horses that require treatment because anthelmintic resistance is now a real threat to effective control of tapeworm.

With FEC tests offering poor sensitivity for detecting tapeworm infection, the EquiSal test measures tapeworm-specific antibodies in saliva. This enables sensitive detection of infection to inform anti-tapeworm treatments.

Analysis of the 2015-2023 UK EquiSal dataset (below) demonstrates that, overall, only 1 in 3 horses is recommended for treatment, considerably reducing anthelmintic applications and, thus, protecting efficacy.

EquiSal Tapeworm kits are available via >500 veterinary and SQP stockists in the UK. Through postal collection points, the service is accessible for testing horses in the EU.

For further information go to equisal.co.uk/ or email: [email protected]
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Have you carried out a FEC and Equisal tapeworm test for your horse/s recently? If not then they are available on our website.

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🐑Now is the time to start faecal egg counts (FECs) on February and March-born lambs, says SCOPS🐑

While roundworm activity so far this season has been relatively low, the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) Group says the recent temperature increase means this could change quickly on many farms, as warm, damp conditions encourage larvae to hatch from eggs and develop into infective larvae on pastures.

To fond out more, follow the link below⤵️
www.scops.org.uk/news/24656/now-is-the-time-to-start-faecal-egg-counts-fecs-on-february-and-march...
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Bank Holiday Reminder
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You may have recently seen an update from SCOPS, highlighting the earlier than usual appearance of Nematodirus this year.
Please check the map for your area and where risk is heightened a proactive approach, where lambs are outside grazing should be taken to protect them. Timing is key!
While Nematodirus can be seen in a FEC, by this point it can often be too late.Has your spot changed colour yet?!🔴⚫️

Track the threat of nematodirus to YOUR flock with the ‘traffic lights’ on the SCOPS Nematodirus Forecast map🐑

More at www.scops.org.uk/nematodirus
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⚠️ Nematodirus Update - Protect your Lambs ⚠️
You may have recently seen an update from SCOPS, highlighting the earlier than usual appearance of Nematodirus this year.
Please check the map for your area and where risk is heightened a proactive approach, where lambs are outside grazing should be taken to protect them. Timing is key!
While Nematodirus can be seen in a FEC, by this point it can often be too late.

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⚠️ 📢 Temporary closure for EquiSal samples.
Due to an exciting move to a new premises Equisal samples will not be tested between the 29th of February and the 12th of March. Please avoid posting back your EquiSal samples during this time.The team at EquiSal is excited to announce that we are moving to a much larger purpose-built laboratory during March 2024.

Due to the complexity of moving robotics and other laboratory equipment, we will be closed for the duration of the move so no testing will be carried out.

Please avoid sending us samples during this time but any samples arriving will be safely stored in our fridges to await testing.

You can continue to use addressed envelopes as we will be forwarding post following the move.

Keep an eye out for more updates!
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⚠️ 📢 Temporary closure for EquiSal samples. 
Due to an exciting move to a new premises Equisal samples will not be tested between the 29th of February and the 12th of March. Please avoid posting back your EquiSal samples during this time.
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