Reptile Parasite Test

VetExotics offers reptile faecal parasite tests for veterinary practices, specialised shops and owners. Ideally we ask for a 3 day pooled sample but we do accept a single sample as we are aware this may not be possible in some cases.

Worm counts may be useful for monitoring oxyurids (pinworms) but should not include all roundworm eggs because a reduced number of pinworms may be considered non harmful, whereas the mere presence of other roundworm eggs may be detrimental to a reptiles health. Also, lung-worm eggs found in faeces and frequently found in snakes can look almost identical to intestinal worms eggs.

WHAT WE CHECK FOR
Pinworms
Other roundworm eggs, including lung worms
Trematodes
Tapeworm (ovae and hexacanth embryos)
Protozoa - Flagellated and ciliated protozoa, coccidia, entamoeba, others
Pseudo parasites ie from live prey or insects

Cryptosporidium (Reptile-Crypto-Test)
*Specific names will be given where possible ie Isospora amphiboluri

SIMPLE STEPS
• Click "order now" and checkout to receive your parasite pack
• Fill out form and collect sample
• Post sample - Freepost 1st class envelope is provided
• Results sent via e-mail in PDF format within 72h (3 working days) of sample receipt (extra day for crypto) unless stated otherwise

A Free Health Check can be booked at Vets4Pets Hinckley following a parasite test for prescribing mediactions if needed. Alternativey contact your local veterinary surgery to enquire about a health check and costs.

Basic Parasite Test (R-BPT)
Ideal for routine checks on healthy animals. Subjective parasite numbers and identification on microscopy.
1 x Basic Parasite Test: Direct Wet Mounts
£13.50
p&p
included
Parasite Test (R-PT)
Higher sensitivity and specificity. 
Direct Wet Mount.
Centrifugation/Flotation/Sedimentation for parasite isolation. Objective numbers of pinworms.
1 x Basic Parasite Test + Centrifugation/Flotation/Sedimentation + Pinworm-Count (eggs per gram)
£15.50
p&p 
included
Parasite Test (R-PT) + Individual-Crypto-Test (R-ICT) 
1 x Parasite Test: Direct Wet Mount + Centrifugation/Flotation/Sedimentation + Pinworm-Count (eggs per gram)
1 x Specialised Cryptosporidium staining + PCR testing for species differenciation if positive stain
£23.00
p&p 
included
Cryptosporidium individual and sequenced testing available - Click here

The tests performed are direct wet mount, flotation techniques and a modified McMaster pinworm count when applicable. Extra tests may be performed (ie sedimentation test and staining) for data collection, in which case these shall also be reported.

Centrifugal flotation using sodium nitrate and/or zinc sulphate is our preferred method. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends centrifugal flotation as the preferred method for routine screening of faecal samples for detection of parasite ova. This is the technique we use. PCR testing and species identification is sent out to a referral laboratory.

At present we are performing studies regarding parasites in the captive environment and therefore the results could be used for publication purposes. The samples and information received shall form part of our database and will be anonymous.

We are unable to discuss treatment regimes as per the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) rules as the animals are not under our care. Footnotes shall be given and you should contact your veterinary surgeon regarding treatment. We also offer support for your veterinary surgeon if necessary. Further tests may be recommended in specific cases which may include PCR testing.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)