Whilst Covid-19 has made us only too aware of our own health, it is important that we don't forget the health of our equine friends. Now that Spring has well and truly sprung, it's time to turn our attention to a targeted Spring and Summer worming program.
The two main internal parasites of concern at this time of year are Tapeworm and Small Redworm.
Firstly let's consider Tapeworms. Have you done a tapeworm saliva test or worming treatment this year? If not, it's not too late, but this should be addressed as soon as possible. On completion, you will not need to worry about Tapeworm again until the Autumn.
Secondly let's consider Small Redworm. For those of you who have had horses for a number of years, you will remember when the advice was to worm regularly even through the summer months. The scientific evidence of resistance to certain wormers, and the introduction of Faecal Egg Count, has led to a change in the approach for Summer worm control. So, now is the time to do a Faecal Egg Count and ideally repeat every 2 months until late autumn. This is a simple process and if the result comes back clear, then no need to worm. By not administering unnecessary drugs, it's better for our horses and helping in the battle to reduce resistance against certain wormers.
One thing to note, is that paddock management plays an important role in the effective control of worms, so while you might have a bit more time on your hands, get poo picking!
Fully qualified staff are on hand at both stores and ready to advise, prescribe and answer any questions you may have about worming and testing at this time of year. Tapeworm saliva tests, Faecal Egg Count kits and a full range of wormers are available to purchase in store and online. We will be back in the Autumn for part 2 of our worming advice.