The future of Equine Paristology

The future of equine parasitology rests in the hands of you, as a horse owner. It is up to you to make responsible decisions, reduce the risk of anthelmintic resistance developing and control parasite levels using good management and correct anthelmintic administration where necessary. It is important that horse owners Read more…

Professional guidance

1.    Contacting the Experts It is fantastic that you have taken it upon yourselves to learn more about equine endoparasites, and how these can be managed in a sustainable way, and I would certainly recommend keeping up to date with webinars and further information. However, there will be times that Read more…

Endoparasite prevention through year

1.    Parasite management through the year As we have already discussed, the ideal scenario is to keep good management practices that reduces the risk of parasite burdens, perform regular diagnostic testing and only worm when appropriate. Therefore, your yearly parasite management plan may look something like Table 4: Table 4, Read more…

Endoparasite prevention

1.    Prevention is the Best Treatment Our aim is to administer as few worming drugs to our horses as possible in order to reduce risk to the environment and to resistance in worm populations. Plus, paying for unnecessary wormers can be costly! Luckily, there are quite a few ways that Read more…

Diagnostic Testing

1.    Diagnostic Testing So far, we have discussed the importance of diagnostic testing throughout this course- but what are these tests? There are 3 main tests regularly used when assessing parasites, including the previously mentioned FEC testing, scotch-tape testing and ELISA testing. The Faecal Worm Egg Count The Faecal Worm Read more…

What is Anthelmintic Resistance?

1.    What is Anthelmintic Resistance? Many equine vets and scientists talk about anthelmintic resistance, but what does this actually mean? Anthelmintic Resistance: A genetically transmitted loss of sensitivity of a drug in parasite populations that were previously sensitive to the same drug*. In other words, anthelmintic resistance allows worms to Read more…

Treating a Parasite Burden with Anthelmintics

1.    Treating a Parasite Burden with Anthelmintics Drug Class Drug Worming Brands Parasites Targeted Benzimidazole Fenbendazole Panacur Equine Guard, Panacur Equine Granules, Panacur Equine Paste, Safe-Guard, Safe-Guard Equi-Bits. Large and small redworms, encysted redworm (5-day course), roundworm species. Oxibendazole Anthelcide EQ (USA) Large and small redworms, roundworm species Mebendazole Telmin Read more…

Symptoms of Parasite Burden

1.    Symptoms of a Parasite Burden So far, we have already discussed the individual symptoms of the parasites mentioned above. However, many of these are late-stage symptoms. These are the types of symptoms that may need clinical treatment, such as surgical intervention for damage to the gastrointestinal tract. However, there Read more…

Atypical Endoparasites

1.    Less-Common Equine Parasites Lungworm The primary target of lungworm (Dictyocaulus arnfieldi) is not actually the horse, it is the donkey! Donkeys can tolerate very large burdens of this roundworm species without showing any clinical signs. Horses kept with donkeys or grazed on the same pasture as donkeys may pick Read more…

Common Endoparasites

1.    Common Equine Endoparasites When owners think of parasites, worms are usually what come to mind first- although it is important not to forget about bots. These all fall into the category of endoparasite, and can be split into four groups: Strongyles- Large redworm, small redworm and lungworm. Ascarids– Roundworm Read more…

What is a parasite?

1.    What is a parasite? Did you know that there are more parasitic organisms that non-parasitic organisms on earth? The parasitic method of survival is so successful that even parasites have their own array of parasites! First, let’s define what it means to be a parasite, and the different types Read more…

Introduction to Equine Endoparasites

Welcome to this CPD session investigating equine endoparasties. This session has been written solely with the horse owner in mind for you to improve your knowledge to help your horse. We have included a wide range of elements that encompass the horses health and information in relation to endoparasites. In Read more…

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