Since 1992, when Horsemen’s Laboratory first started performing fecal egg counts, we have been asked, “Does my horse have tapeworms?” We occasionally found their eggs in fecal samples, but knew that fecal sample testing for tapeworms was not very dependable. Unfortunately, we never had a definitive answer, then approximately 8 years ago Praziquantel was approved for the treatment of tapeworms in horses and we got the question even more frequently. Our only answer until now was that there was no dependable test for tapeworms in horses.
Then 3 years ago Dr. Corrine Austin along with Austin Davis Biologics in England developed the new revolutionary EquiSal Salivary Antibody Test for tapeworms. She has marketed the test in England for the last 3 years running over 30,000 tests. Dr. Austin found that only 25% of the horses tested needed to be dewormed for tapeworms. Which means 75% of the horses did not have a high enough tapeworm burden to warrant deworming for tapeworms. The research she did prior to marketing the EquiSal tapeworm test proved it was accurate 85% of the time, if only one tapeworm was present, and 99% accurate if 20 or more tapeworms were present.
Dr. Austin and Dr. Byrd spoke shortly after the test was developed and discussed the possibilities of marketing the test in the United States. They worked on the logistics of undertaking such a venture and in July Horsemen’s Laboratory sent out the first EquiSal tapeworm test kits to our clients here is the US. For three months, Horsemen’s Laboratory has been selling the new EquiSal tapeworm test kit and demand continues to increase.
We are pleased to finally be able to answer the question, “Does my horse have tapeworms?” We now have a very dependable test for tapeworms in horses and at an affordable price, only $42 per testing kit and even less expensive if you purchase multiple kits.
To purchase the EquiSal tapeworm test kit from Horsemen’s Laboratory visit our store here on our blog or call (800) 544-0599. To find more information about EquiSal go to www.Equisal.co.uk or visit the EquiSal Facebook page.