WORM COUNTS FOR HORSES

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Important Wormy Facts – the truth with no frills

Worms in Your Horse – a summary

Parasitic worms have evolved with their host; the horse, over millions of years.

Domesticating and keeping horses in limited grazing and stabling has allowed the parasites to breed more easily.

All horses will have some worms.

Worming preparations do not completely eradicate all worms.

Complete removal of worms is not possible.

Uncontrolled worms can cause a degree of problems in your horse from poor condition to seriously life threatening.

If a horse looks ‘wormy’, the worms have already caused internal damage to your horse.

Parasitic worms are becoming resistant to the drugs used to kill them.

Controlling Worms in Your Horse – Drugs

Control of worm numbers in your horse is essential for the health of the individual horse and of all horses, worldwide.

Using de-wormer drugs without knowing if your horse has worms is costly and helps to increase the chances of worms becoming resistant to the drugs.

Drug resistant worm incidences are increasing.

No new drugs are likely to be released by the pharmaceutical companies ‘for the foreseeable future’.

Recommended Worm Control – for those who really care for their own horse and the future of all horses.

Keep pasture and feeding areas clean – pick manure off pasture daily or at the least every 2nd day.

Use Faecal Worm Egg Counts to diagnose when de-worming drugs are needed.

Quarantine new horses – worm count and use de-wormer if necessary.

Use the correct chemical group to target specific worms.

When unsure about worming your horse always consult your veterinarian.

Blood tests are available for Tapeworm diagnosis.