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2017 Hay Testing and Fecal Egg Counting

FAQs about Fecal Egg Count Testing

Parasites are becoming resistant to current de-worming products, and therefore, de-worming products are becoming less effective. A horse’s health can be adversely affected by a heavy parasite burden (colic, chronic coughing, poor keeper, poor performance, unthrifty, internal organ damages, etc…)

  • Over use of de-worming products
  • Inappropriate use of de-worming products
  • Not knowing what parasites were present when de-worming
  • Deworming according to the calendar
  • Treating all horses the same when de-worming
  • Many other factors affecting grazing practices and pasture management

THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE MAJOR CONTRIBUTING FACTORS (THERE ARE MANY MORE)

Performing fecal egg counts on a regular basis and tailoring your deworming program based on these results is the single most important thing you can do to improve your parasite control strategy.

Treat with the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time, in the right horse.

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