As we progress past the end of winter and into the spring season; parasites can become an issue. Depending on your location and climate; Spring is the ultimate season for optimal parasite existence. Parasites thrive in mild, moist habitats; with the temperatures rising and snow melting, many equine enthusiasts will be on alert for worms.
With so many various advancements with deworming; How do you choose which path to take?
Such a variety of treatment courses are at our disposal in today’s society. What truly makes the difference? Conventional drug deworming, as well as Holistic dewormers, both have become a solid choice in the current horse community.
Many traditionally trained veterinarian’s continue to favour the approach to deworming of continually giving small doses of dewormer to your horse(s) continuously to prevent parasites from maturing. Others who promote drug dewormers stress about drug resistance; recommending only deworming when absolutely necessary. Many equine enthusiast’s appreciate and advocate for a more natural ‘back to basics’ horsemanship; will create their own dewormer recipes from herbs and other natural anti-parasitics.
For more informations on the many worming choices; check out Dr. Mark DePaolo’s article: http://hl.depaoloequineconcepts.com/?q=node/1
Most Importantly the entirety of society has realized the importance of routine fecal examination counts.
To gain a better understanding on the method used most commonly today for FEC testing; click throug to this link: http://www.pathintl.org/images/pdf/conferences/national/presentations%20for%20web/2011/Parasite-Control.pdf
Here are some solid options in FEC testing kits on the market today:
If you want to perform your test completely without the help of your veterinarian we suggest http://eggzamin.com/
However, if you the idea of staring through a microscope at organisms in your horse’s feces doesn’t appeal to you; these company's offer you the ability to send your sample away for results:
http://www.horsemenslab.com/ - (mention NAG Bags at the checkout to receive 1 free fecal count with orders of 6 or more tests.)
How did you choose? Why? How often? Do you ever worry about the adverse affects of your deworming routine? How do you prevent, or correct them?
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