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EquiSal Tapeworm Test

Starting at: £17.95

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The revolutionary new test for tapeworm burdens in horses.

EquiSal Tapeworm Test was launched on 23rd April 2014.

No need to blanket worm for tapeworm. Only worm your horse if it has a burden.

Avoid tapeworm resistance to wormers on your yard/field - there are only 2 drugs for tapeworm!

Early indications are that approximately 12% of horses have a tapeworm burden. (This percentage is much lower on well managed yards.)

We recommend that a horse has not been wormed for 4 months before testing with the EquiSal Tapeworm Test.

The Test

The EquiSal Tapeworm Test is a revolutionary HORSE SALIVA test to tell whether your horse has tapeworm. Over the last two years the EquiSal team, consisting of 4 experienced scientists (one of whom was an inventor of the Clear Blue pregnancy test) have developed this innovative test for tapeworm using horse saliva that you collect yourselves, without the need for a vet. The test measures antibody in saliva which is specific to tapeworm, using a combination of two laboratory tests (called ELISAs). Each sample is analysed under very carefully defined conditions to account for variations in saliva flow and impacts of diet. The saliva samples are handled by an automated liquid handing system to ensure very high accuracy, as well as high-fidelity sample tracking throughout the test procedure. A complex algorithm is applied to integrate and de-convolute data from the two different tests to deliver an EquiSal diagnosis of tapeworm burden.

How accurate is the EquiSal Tapeworm Test?

The EquiSal Tapeworm Test was proven to be accurate by testing saliva samples taken from horses in which the number of tapeworms present had been counted at post-mortem. The test identifies horses with a low burden, a borderline result or a moderate/high burden, and treatment is recommended for any borderline or moderate/high results. In scientific terms, the EquiSal Tapeworm Test has both high sensitivity and specificity, which is important for correctly identifying horses with tapeworm burdens.

The majority of horses that were identified with more than one tapeworm at post-mortem were correctly identified. The remaining few were diagnosed as being negative but these horses had burdens considered by vets to be mild, amounting to no more than 20 tapeworms. Experts consider that a burden of up to 20 tapeworms is not pathogenic (capable of producing disease). This is similar to the current guidelines for redworm faecal egg counts (FEC), where less than 200 eggs/gram is not considered pathogenic.

This means that the EquiSal Tapeworm Test can be relied upon to:

* Correctly identify the vast majority of horses with a moderate/high burden

* Correctly identify all horses with pathogenic burdens

* The revolutionary EquiSal Tapeworm Test ensures that treatment is recommended where needed.

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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 19 June, 2014.

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