Frequently Asked Questions
Our RAMA SQPs are here to offer free advice on licenced veterinary products, for those that have carried out FECs with Feclab or have purchased Equisal kits via Feclab.
Our SQPs can offer advice on a broad range of POM-VPS and NFA-VPS products and offer advice on prevention and management strategies for endoparasites and ectoparasites.
Please also see What is an SQP?
How often should I carry out a Faecal Egg Count?
For more information please see this page
Testing times can vary depending on the weather, age of stock, time of year and challenges on farm or small holding. For advice on testing times, please feel free to contact us by email so that we can base recommendations, based on your individual needs. (Also available through our tailored SMART Plan (add Link to smart plan)
When receiving your results, there will also be a recommended next test time on your results form. This will be relevant to the challenges that are prevalent at the time.
NADIS: https://www.nadis.org.uk (Also see for parasite alerts)
As a general guide we recommend the following testing times for equines:
- Spring – Autumn = FEC Every 8 – 12 weeks.
- Spring & Autumn = Saliva test for Tapeworm (Every 6 Months).
- Winter = Blood test/ treatment for encysted redworm.
More frequent FECs may be necessary and beneficial for equines with a weaker immune system or at higher risk, for example, older Horses, Foals and Broodmares.
In this case, risk factors should be considered and testing times adjusted accordingly.
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Please return your Equisal samples in the envelope provided, directly to Equisal.
Once tested your results will then be sent to us and we will send these to you.
* It is important to place your barcode on to your sample as this is the only reference for the Equisal lab & what we will receive ,when your results are sent beck to us.
Postage & Packaging
Please state delivery instruction on orders, where applicable.
Due to the rise in cost of Royal Mail charges for postage on Biological samples we have introduced a postage fee of £2.00. This carriage fee is per order (not per kit), in order to keep the cost to our customers down.
As part of our pledge to be as echo- friendly, where possible we aim to re-use the outer boxes for shipping samples back to us in order to reduce waste.
IMPORTANT – Please make a note of your tracking number (the number under the barcode on the returns label)
Orders placed before 11am are sent the same day. Orders placed after 11am will be shipped the next working day – this is due to our business mail collection times. Orders placed after 11am on a Friday will be shipped on a Monday.
There is no shipping on a Bank Holiday, in this case, orders will be sent the next working day.
How long does delivery usually take?
You will receive an email from Royal Mail with your tracking number. You can track your parcel from this.
What payment methods do you accept?
We also now offer Subscriptions on all of our testing kits, whereby you can setup a recurring payment using your Credit or Debit card.
Instructions for taking samples
Taking Your samples:Intestinal Worm Sample: 1 sample (1 x Pot)
*Puppy Intestinal Worm Kits & Pooled Puppy Kits will contain 3 x sample pots and require 1 x sample per day, taken over 3 consecutive days.
Lungworm: 3 Samples (3 x pots) 1 sample to be taken each day, for three consecutive days.
Samples can be taken from any time of the day (ideally the first stool of the day).
If collecting over three days for lungworm please place samples somewhere cool (they do not need to go in your fridge).
- Place your sample/s in the sample pot/s provided, using the glove/s.
- Place sample pot/s in to the leak-proof bag (clear bag) & seal. *Please write your dogs name on the bag*
- Place your sample/s (now in leak-proof bag) in to the box, along with your (completed) information leaflet and close the lid.
- Place the security seal (as per label on the box) to seal.
- Then simply pop it in a standard letter box.
Kits can be posted in a standard letterbox, saving you the trip to a post office.
What does the table mean at the bottom of the page?
Following a positive result
Licenced pharmaceutical treatments can be purchased directly from your vet as well as being available from a pet store or agricultural store, where a Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (SQP) is present. Following a positive Lungworm result, we would recommend speaking with your vet or RAMA/SQP who will be able to recommend effective treatment, tailored to your animal.
It is important when seeking advice, that your vet or RAMA/SQPs are made aware of any medical conditions that may determine the advice given. It also important that If seeking advice, the RAMA/SQP or your vet are made aware of any previous adverse reactions to wormers or Spot-ons.
Due to the way that some parasites shed and their lifecycles’, it is important to understand that a ‘less than 20’ result is indicative that while not seen in the sample provided, this does not mean that worms are not present in the gut. A Faecal egg count is a snap shot of a specific moment in time. The test detects eggs of mature parasites that live inside the body and pass their eggs to the outside by shedding them into the dogs stool’s. It is possible that at the time of testing the parasites are too young to produce eggs, if no eggs are being shed the infection cannot be detected.
There is also a possibility the eggs are In such small numbers at the time of testing they would be undetectable Thus showing a ‘less than 20’ or Not Seen result.
For this reason we recommend carrying out regular faecal testing every 3 months to monitor and intercept lifecycles. For lungworm, when following a natural worming programme or not following a monthly prevention programme, we recommend carrying out a faecal egg count every 6 weeks. This is due to the lifecycle of lungworm.
Returning my sample/s and receiving my results.
IMPORTANT – Please make a note of your tracking number (the number under the barcode on the return label)
We will not replace missing kits if you have not followed the instructions within your sample box (on inside of lid or sample bag) or not recorded your tracking number. If you notice that you have forgotten to enclose your information form (on the back of the instructions), please contact us immediately.
Samples (W & LW) arriving on a Friday will be tested on arrival, however please note that lungworm samples take 24 hours to process. Therefore, intestinal worm and lungworm, and lungworm results, where the sample has been received on a Friday or Saturday will be sent on a Monday.
Where should I store my samples?
What time of the day should I take my samples?
Why have I not received my results?
If you do not have your tracking number and have not enclosed your leaflet, it can be a challenge to pair you with your results. Kits will not be replaced where your information is not enclosed and you do not have a tracking number.
Please also check your spam or junk folder.
What does the Worm and Lungworm test include?
I have lots of pets, can I buy multiple kits?
Do you sell wormers or natural worming products?
We are happy to offer advice and guidance on possible options for both pharmaceutical and natural worming programmes and you can rest assured that as we are independent this information is impartial, we do not receive any financial gain or incentives from any other company. While we work with many veterinary practices, both conventional and herbal, we are completely impartial. Your choices are exactly that and we will do our best to support you with these.