Worming Protocol 2021

Worming Protocol 2021

 We recommend one of three different worming protocols

  1. In the first, ‘Treat’ we provide different wormers throughout the year to treat roundworms, redworms (adults and encysted) and tapeworms. Advantage: Simple & straightforward. Disadvantage: May administer drugs unnecessarily, potentially contributing to resistance.

  2. The second ‘Test & Treat’ combines Faecal worm egg counts (FWEC) with treatment for the other worms that are not seen in the faeces i.e., tapeworms and encysted redworms. Advantage: Cost effective, Disadvantage: May administer drugs unnecessarily.

  3. The third protocol, ‘Test’ combines FEWC, saliva tests and blood tests to identify worms, tapeworms and encysted redworms. Advantage: Only treat when required. Disadvantage: More costly.

 YOUR WORM EGG COUNT RESULTS EXPLAINED

  • 0 EPG No Eggs Seen - We could find no trace of worm eggs when the sample was tested. (epg means ‘eggs per gram’).  You will not need to worm at this level.

  • LESS THAN 200 EPG (LOW COUNT) - If the count is less than 200 epg then it is a LOW count and your worming measures are working. If you are following a reduced worming plan you may still want to delay the next dose at this level.

  • 200 EPG - 1150 EPG (MEDIUM COUNT) - If the count is between 200 epg and 1200 epg it is a MEDIUM count and the horse needs worming.  One of our vets will contact you and discuss a worming plan and ongoing management. A reduction test is recommended 10-14 days after treatment to ensure efficacy of the product.

  • 1200 EPG OR MORE (HIGH COUNT) - If the count is more than 1200 epg it is a HIGH count, the horse needs worming and the worming programme needs attention. One of our vets will contact you and discuss a worming and ongoing management.  A reduction test is recommended 10-14 days after treatment to ensure efficacy of the product.

If you would like further advice please don't hestiate to contact the clinic on 01487 773333.