Reptile parasite screen and bacteria tests

Reptile Parasite Screen: 2

£85.95 per test

This Reptile Parasite Screen offers an in-depth examination of your reptiles’ parasitic burden.

Key Features:

  • Parasitology: this includes ascarids, hookworms, pinworms, and tapeworms. Ciliated protozoa such as Balantidium and Nyctotherus. Apicomplexan protozoa such as Coccidia and Amoeba.
  • Giardia and Cryptosporidium: Utilising immunochromatographic techniques, this test targets specific antigens to detect the presence of giardia and cryptosporidium antigens directly from faecal samples.
  • Bacterial Pathogen: Identify bacteria such as Campylobacter and Salmonella using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing methods.

The sample must comprise faecal material covering at least a 3-day period. This may include 3 consecutive days (if the reptile passes every day) or it may comprise faeces from 2 consecutive passings, as long as this spans at least 3 days, and you are sure that there was not a missed passing. If you are unsure about what to send us in your circumstance, please let us know as our team are always very happy to help.

This kit includes free 24 hour TRACKED return postage.

Order before 3pm Monday-Friday for free same day dispatch, which we send on a 24 hour service.  If your screen is urgent and you would prefer to send a sample directly to the lab, please contact us and we will give you a Unique Lab Reference number and help you with what to do.

This test has a use by date of at least 6 months from point of order and it must be returned to the lab on or any time before the use by date.

Turnaround times

  • Worm egg Screen: Same working day
  • Giardia and Cryptosporidium: Same working day
  • Salmonella and Campylobacter PCR: Up to 5 working days

£85.95 per test

Further information

This reptile parasite screen provides greater information to allow for monitoring and managing your reptile’s health. The range of parasites and bacteria test for is as stated below:

  • Intestinal worms such as roundworms, hookworms, pinworms, and tapeworms.
  • Ciliated protozoa such as Balantidium and Nyctotherus.
  • Flagellated protozoa such as Giardia.
  • Protozoans such as Coccidia and Cryptosporidium and Amoeba.
  • Bacterial: Campylobacter and Salmonella 

Please note that this test requires a 3-day sample, this can be collected over several days. While this can be difficult to achieve with some exotic species, if you have any problems, please contact the office for advice.

Report 1 – Worm Count Test

Tested and issued the same working day the sample arrives into the lab.  The worm egg screen will identify and quantify of all species present within the family groups of:

  • Ascarids
  • Hookworms
  • Pinworms
  • Trichurid

In addition, as standard, this screen also reports on:

  • Cestodes (Tapeworms*)
  • Protozoa including Coccidia, Balantidium, Nyctotherus 

*Tapeworms are very intermittent shedders and do not always show on a worm egg screen.  If present in the sample, the species will be identified. 

Report 2 – Giardia & Cryptosporidium Test

Tested and issued the same working day the sample arrives into the lab. Using antigen technology, a separate report will be provided detailing the presence or absence of Giardia and Cryptosporidium antigens.

Report 3 – Campylobacter & Salmonella Tests

Testing can take up to 5 working days using PCR testing techniques. A separate report will be provided detailing the presence or absence of campylobacter and salmonella.

Note

This test pack comes with complete instructions for each portion of the test.

Cryptosporidium is a microscopic protozoan parasite that causes the gastrointestinal disease cryptosporidiosis, which can infect both animals and humans (zoonosis). This parasite is highly resilient and can survive in various environmental conditions, making it a common contaminant in water and food sources. Infection occurs when animals or humans ingest the parasite, often through contaminated water, food, or contact with infected faecal matter.

Typical symptoms in animals infected with Cryptosporidium may include persistent watery diarrhoea, which can be particularly severe in young or immunocompromised animals.

Giardia is a protozoan parasite that resides in the gastrointestinal tract and is often contracted through the consumption of contaminated water. This parasite is highly contagious among pets and can also be transmitted to humans. In many cases  cats may carry giardia without displaying any symptoms, yet they can still spread the infection to other animals and potentially to humans. If your dog or cat does exhibit symptoms, these may include intermittent vomiting, diarrhoea, as well as lethargy and weight loss.

Salmonella can be transmitted from reptiles to humans, potentially causing infection. It is known that pet reptiles pose a risk of Salmonella, as many reptiles carry the bacteria in their intestines without showing any signs of illness.

Campylobacter is a common bacterial pathogens that can affect the gastrointestinal tract of reptiles. Squamates (lizards, snakes, and amphisbaenians) are a potential reservoir and source of transmission of campylobacteriosis to humans. Regular monitoring and appropriate management practices are recommended to ensure the health of the reptiles and to reduce the risk of zoonotic transmission.

There is a ‘use by date’ on each kit which MUST be adhered to.  The use by date will  be 6 months from date of order.  Unfortunately, no refunds can be given for late submission or unused tests however please contact the office to discuss options if this occurs.

This kit has been designed to provide ultimate sample protection during transit, whilst also minimising our environmental impact as far as practically possible.  The kit includes:

  • One recyclable padded envelope, made with 60% recycled material
  • Free tracked return 24hr postage to get the samples to the lab
  • One white paper laboratory request form (worm count test) with instruction sheet
  • One red paper laboratory request form (lungworm test) with instruction sheet
  • One blue paper laboratory request form with  instruction sheet
  • Three recyclable sample collection boxes in resealable write-on panelled bags
  • Two biodegradable additional sealable bags
  • One biodegradable natural wood sampling spoon
  • One protective disposable glove

How does it work?

1. Choose and
order your kit

Select the screens you would like to run for your animal and we will post you a collection kit

2. Send us a
sample for testing

Collect your animals faecal sample and post it to us for testing in our laboratory

3. Receive your
results via email

Free Registered Animal Medicines Advisor (RAMA) aftercare is available where required.

Why choose Wormcount.com?

Experienced &
Dedicated Team

At Wormcount.com we are a caring, experienced and dedicated team. Our analysts have a combined experience of over 50 years.

Fast, Reliable
& Friendly Service

We have earned the reputation of being fast, reliable and friendly and we believe the key to our first class service is first classcommunication.

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