Are you starting to worry about drug-resistant parasites?
Are you concerned that your horse worming program is not as effective as it was before? If you are starting to doubt, a fecal egg count reduction test (FECRT) will likely help in your program especially in the fall.
Fecal egg count reduction tests do not tell you that your horse is harboring drug-resistant parasites. Instead, it can be a basis for evaluation on the type of parasites your horse is carrying and find the most effective deworming agent to use. If you don’t know anything about the enemy, you are much like fighting blindly, not to mention, wasting your money over products that are not even needed in the first place.
A quantitative fecal test examines just how many parasite eggs are present in a sample of horse manure. This helps you find out the level of parasite burden in your horse or horses. Ideally, this test is done before and after using equine dewormers and it can even help both owners and veterinarians evaluate the efficacy of the chosen dewormer.
The best information will come from your veterinarian and consulting him or her is the first step in developing an excellent horse worming program. It is easy to determine if samples for FECRTs are mishandled or improperly collected or analyzed. You need to work closely with your vet, as well as have additional tests conducted by a reputable laboratory and even a veterinary clinic. The veterinarians will analyze the test results to find out what type of equine parasite is present and check if there are variations between egg counts and horses from previously conducted exams. Vets also consider these things as factors in making a decision as to which of the equine dewormers to use. In addition, horse owners should keep in mind that the presence of tapeworms cannot be identified using FECRTs.
Even if you have the most effective wormer, the most important goal of today’s horse worming program is not to totally eradicate all internal parasites of horses. The most important things to consider are keeping parasite burdens under control, reducing transmission of the parasites, and giving healthcare priority to horses that have clinical symptoms of parasite infestation. Although FECRTs are not perfect tests, it is a good practice in evaluating the performance of your chosen horse worming program.
Abler offers you a variety of choices of equine dewormers. With Abler dewormers, you save on your horse worming program as you incorporate fecal exams. Choose Abler as your source for all deworming needs.