Parasite Control

parasites

Promoting Responsible and Cost Effective Parasite Control

Horse owners know that controlling worms is essential for the health and wellbeing of their horse. It’s important to carry out the appropriate worming programme depending on the season, the particular worm threat and the size of your horse. Getting any of these wrong can lead to issues of resistance causing bigger problems in the future and can lead to unnecessary expense.

Links’ equine vets provide straightforward advice to ensure that you:

  • Follow the most up to date guidelines
  • Worm responsibly
  • Avoid problems of resistance
  • Avoid unnecessary treatment – saving you money
The Threat Worms Pose How to Control Worms

Parasites in horses can lead to:

  • Colic
  • Serious diarrhea
  • Other gut disorders
  • Weight loss
  • In extreme cases death

A 3 pronged approach is most effective:

  • Horse Wormers
  • Reducing Environmental Levels
  • Monitoring Infection Levels

 

Horse Wormers

This can be done in several ways:

  • Interval Dosing
  • Strategic Dosing
  • Targeted Dosing or a Combined Programme

Some wormers also help in the control of mange, lice and the winter eradication of stomach ‘bots’.


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Horse Worming

 

Reducing Environmental Levels

Good pasture management to reduce the risk of infection:

  • Twice weekly clearing of droppings
  • Regular pasture resting
  • Only 1 or 2 horses per acre of grass
  • Mixed grazing where possible

 

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Good Pasture Management  

Monitoring Infection Levels 

Faecal egg counts and blood tests can be useful in monitoring a worming programme’s effect. Plus:

  • Faecal egg count on new arrivals before mixing with current horses
  • A tapeworm ELISA blood test in cases of recurrent colic.

 

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Monitoring Infection Levels