Worm Count

Worm Count

The document below was created by a Facebook friend of mine, the lovely Jodi Davies.   Many people are opting to try to reduce the amount of chemical medication, pesticides and wormers they use with their dogs and one way of checking to see if your dog actually needs to be wormed is by carrying out a WORM COUNT.
Although it is practice to worm every 4 months or so (as per manufacturers guidelines) oftentimes this is just not necessary. The level of worm infestation can rely heavily on various factors including the dog’s life style, what animals he mixes with including cats etc and where you choose to walk.  If you perform a WORM COUNT you may find that he doesn’t actually have any in which case you are simply pumping him full of chemicals for no good reason.

So, here’s Jodi’s document which explains what WORM COUNTS are for those of you who’ve never heard of them but may just be interested.

By Jodi Davies for the Facebook Rhodesian Ridgebacks Show Page UK


Until Wormcount.com was created, routine worm counts for companion animals were expensive and time consuming, as they were carried out almost exclusively by a Vet. You took your pet to the Vet, and then had to return with a faecal sample, which was then sent off to the lab. Several days passed and you were presented with the results, and a big bill. Worming advice was given and generally chemical worming products were also sold to you. There is nothing wrong with this process, except that it is taking up a Vet’s very valuable diagnostic surgery time on a routine process.

Now Wormcount.com offers a personal, fast, reliable, cost-effective alternative. This will save a visit to the Vet for you, and maximise the Vet’s time for sick animals.

So what is a worm count?

■A Faecal Egg Count or FEC counts the number of worm eggs in your pet’s faeces (poo).

■The results are presented as ‘eggs per gram’ (epg) of faeces. There is an easy to understand key on your Wormcount.com result sheet.

■The number of eggs is an indication of the number of adult worms in the gut of your dog or cat.

■Lungworm and heartworm tests are different as they test for live larvae in the faeces.

Why should I use a worm count?

■It will help you to decide whether you need to worm

■It can tell you if your worming regime is working

■It can give you information about the amount of contamination going into your environment.


  1. Reply

    I was delighted to come across wormcount.com several years ago and have used them twice yearly ever since. A faecal test by my vet cost me about £30 for exactly the same thing Michaela offers. I have had in-whelp bitches tested along with puppies from 2.5 wks of age. By worm counting I could monitor the worm situation for both adults and puppies and, as I use a completely natural wormer (DE), I have never and to use a chemical wormer.

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