Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979
Ryle, are the home fecal tests worth buying? I believe SmartPak sells one.
All those kits have is something to pack a fecal sample in. Really, you can handle that yourself with ziploc baggies (double bag it). You can definitely collect the sample and send it off to a lab, but you really need to be sure to keep the sample COLD during shipping so that the eggs don't hatch and thus end up not getting counted.
If you are going to send them out on your own, contact the lab you intend to use and ask them how how they want it shipped and what days they are there to receive samples. You want to send it when they will get it right away and run the test. And they often supply the sample containers. If they only do testing Monday through Friday you wouldn't want your sample to arrive on Sat and sit for the weekend because the eggs can hatch and change the result.