SWEET-ITCH – THE FACTS
This condition is caused by an allergic reaction to saliva from the Culicoides midge. It results in intense itching so the horse will try to rub the affected area against stables or walls which may worsen the condition or cause wounds that can become infected.
The Royal Veterinary College and Austin Davis Biologics Ltd, providers of EquiSal Tapeworm testing, have been awarded a research grant by Petplan Charitable Trust for a project entitled: "Improved control of the equine tapeworm, Anoplocephala, through new insights into the biology of the oribatid mite intermediate host.”
As we approach tapeworm time it is important to remember that although traditionally the time to worm for this parasite have been around October and March it does not really matter when you treat as long as you do so roughly 6 months apart. The reason spring and autumn have been the times to use tapeworm horse wormers is to avoid re-infestation by the mite that infests horses with tapeworm. Modern theory is this mite is around and ingested by horses throughout the year so it does not really matter when the horse is wormed. However a great deal of worming programmes, and a lot of horse owners specify to worm horses for tapeworm in autumn and spring.
Recently Hyperdrug in conjunction with Zoetis the makers of Equest and Pramox created a webinar which was broadcast live to horse owners to help provide the knowledge needed to help maintain your horses health. This webinar contains the latest information on worming and horse wormers which highlights out of date methods of worm control as well as key information on worm control planning. As well as identifying the most important parasites that affect horses.
Thank you to all who entered our RockFish Competition.
Our winner was randomly selected and we are happy to announce our winner is: Julia Beresford
Latest news on horse wormers is that Equest Pramox a tapeworm and redworm treatment for horses made by Zoetis is now licensed for breeding, pregnant and lactating mares.
Our article on Ragwort has produced much interest and comment and several misconceptions have been aired. The point has been made by horse owners that the plant should be exterminated and by naturalists that it should be encouraged as an important host for the cinnabar moth.
We are asked often at Hyperdrug: Are egg counts for horses worth it?
As with all simple questions the answer is often more complicated! While egg counts for horses can be a useful tool to monitor how effective some aspects of worm control are, and can help to safeguard equine health they do not detect all worms. Examples of these worms are tapeworm in horses, pin worms and the small encysted redworm because eggs from these do not appear in the horses dung. These worms are important to treat as when encysted redworms emerge they can cause massive internal bleeding which may lead to death. Pinworms can cause intense irritation and tapeworms are a common cause of colic.
Do I need to worm my horse?
Yes a horse wormer schedule is essential, it is possible to reduce the frequency at which one worms ones horse, but only through excellent pasture strategy; worm tests and their correct interpretation However within your programme you always need to worm for encysted small red worm in autumn through to the back end of winter, and of course for tapeworm if you have not done so for six months, it is also wise to worm a new horse entering the yard, and if you do use a FWEC if the results are over 200 epg.
Under-dosing horse wormers can lead to resistance, this is because if a horse is given a lower than indicated dose not all of the worms are killed, so the worms that survive may and become more tolerant to the drug in the wormer.
Horses can find all sorts of situations distressing, young horses can often nervous getting into a trailer for the first time, and sometimes they just never get over it, becoming more and more upset as they get older. While other horses just hate the vet or going to events.
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