The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEAP) has developed new protocols for deworming horses because of the following factors:
The AAEP has determined that large strongyles are now rare and small strongyles are now the major parasite of concern in adult horses.
Roundworms are still considered the primary parasite infecting foals and weanlings.
Resistance to dewormers is highly prevalent in small strongyles and roundworms.
Horses younger than 3 years old are more susceptible to parasite infection and are at a greater risk to developing disease.
The AAEP found that frequent treatments are unnecessary and can lead to resistance in the parasites. For this reason, they recommend:
Doing fecal egg counts to determine what parasites are an issue for the individual farm, and the magnitude of the parasite burden.
Tailoring treatments to the parasites that are found on the farm.
Monitoring dewormer effectiveness by doing follow-up fecal tests.
They also have several suggestions for parasite control:
Keep pastures as free of manure as possible
Compost manure to kill the eggs and developing larvae
Time deworming treatments at times of the year most optimal for larval development (usually spring and fall)
In general, let us work with you to design a parasite control program within the needs of your farm. By using fecal tests and parasite-specific deworming plans, we can work together to keep your horses free from internal parasites! Call us today to begin a customized parasite plan for your farm.
This time of year brings an abundance of new and “unusual” plants (from our curious pets’ point of view!) into our homes and environments. How do you know which ones may present a danger to your pet(s)? And how do you know which symptoms to look for in the case that your pet may have ingested a harmful lily? Watch this video to learn more!
It’s almost spring! Time to check for heartworm disease! Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today! It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain…
The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.
Here’s the good news about heartworm disease. It’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is, if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick. Heartworm disease is dangerous to your pet and some signs of the illness are tough to spot. Your pet may be acting fine, but they may have so many heartworms inside their body that it can become life threatening.
You may be thinking, “my pet stays indoors, so there’s no need for heartworm prevention.” But, heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, which get into everyone’s homes! One mosquito bite is all that’s needed to spread the disease to your furry friend.
Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup with us. We’ll do a thorough exam, including a simple heartworm test, to make sure your pet is at his/her optimum health. And we’ll talk about the best way to prevent heartworm disease, so your pet stays healthy, happy and safe!
Make an appointment for your pet’s annual exam today!