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Garston Veterinary Group - Equine Smart Plan

Responsible Equine Parasite Control on Worm Egg Counts

Reduces wormer resistance by avoiding unnecessary treatment
saves you money

What does it cost and what is included?

The annual wormer is priced at £45 plus VAT per horse per year

Package Includes:

  • The worm egg counting kits
  • Full collection instructions
  • A prepaid envelope for sending samples to the laboratory
  • A single dose of Equest Pramox as an annual treatment against tapeworms and encysted redworms.
  • Advice and interpretation on the worm egg count results from our equine team

If one of the worm egg count samples reveals a high result, then any additional wormer we recommend you use is not included in the package.

 

 

Is a monitoring based approach to worm control suitable for all horses?

This package will be most useful and effective for:

  • Adult horses
  • Horses kept in individual paddocks or regular groups
  • Yards where good paddock management techniques are used. This includes, twice weekly poo picking, not overstocking, where co-grazing with cattle or sheep is used.

If you have:

Breeding Mares or youngstock
High stocking levels or turnout in varying groups
No possibility of paddock management

Then please contact our Equine Vets to discuss the best worm control program. They can offer tailored advice for your own situation.

 

 

The annual wormer package is priced at £45 + VAT per horse per year and includes:

  • Three worm egg counting kits
  • Full collection instructions
  • Three prepaid envelopes for sending samples directly to the labatory
  • A single dose of Equest Pramox as an annual treatment against tapeworms and encysted redworms.
  • Advice and interperation on the worm egg count results from our equine team.
  • If one of the worm egg count samples reveals a high result, then any additional wormer we reccomend you use is not included in the package.

Please contact our equine vets to discuss the best worm control program. They can offer tailored advice for your situation.

 

Our new annual worm egg control package, makes internal parasite control in horses easy, by using modern proven methods.

 

Why should we be approaching worm control differently?

Heavy worm burdens in horses can cause a variety of symptoms including:

  • Colic
  • Diarrhoea
  • Weight loss

Worm control is vital, as severe worm infestations can be fatal for your horse.

It was previously considered best practice to regularly give de-wormers. However, current research now suggests that most horses do not require regular doses. The way forward is to monitor and target those horses that actually need treatment.

Wormer efficacy in horses is a real problem, largely caused by the over-use of wormers. In the UK, resistance to all currently available wormers has been identified. At present there are no new classes of wormer under development.

Using worm egg counting to identify those horses requiring treatment, leads to a reduction in the number of doses needed, and preserves the effectiveness of wormers for the future equine population.

 

How does the Garston SMART plan work?

The annual package contains 3 worm egg count kits plus a winter worming dose to control:
Tapeworms and Encysted Redworms, as neither can be directly detected in a worm egg count.

Instruction and guidance you need on when and how to carry out each element of the programme.

You collect worm egg count samples at the recommended intervals during the summer grazing period.

Return these samples to the lab in the prepaid envelope.

A Garston Equine team member will phone or email you with the result.

Our experience suggests that most clients who “poo pick” and manage their grazing will not need to use additional worming doses. For every ten adult horses grazing only one or two are likely to need worming.

 

What do the results of the worm egg counts mean?

By taking a small sample of dung from your horse three times per year at specific times during the grazing season, the level of roundworm burden can be assessed and we will advise you on the action to take.

If the worm egg count is zero or at a low level then you do not need to treat your horse.

The presence of worm parasites is not always bad. A low level may help the immune system, and it is also beneficial to maintain a low level of sensitive worms called “refugia” on the pasture.

If a moderate or high level of worm eggs is detected an appropriate dose of wormer for your horse will be recommended for you to purchase and use.

 

 

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