Category: Parasite Control

Martin Nielsen
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Early research into potential probiotic worming agent shows promise

“We are very excited about these results,” says parasitologist.

Warning of multiple resistance to worm control drugs
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Warning of multiple resistance to worm control drugs

Indications of developing resistance found in British research.

A third of British horse owners don’t conduct egg-count tests - survey
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A third of British horse owners don’t conduct egg-count tests – survey

“The survey results are worrying.” – vet

There is a range of dewormers on the market - but resistance is a big issue.
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Britain’s mild winter may increase small redworm risks – expert

Expert explains risk of cyathostominosis.

Coconut-onion mix shows promise in killing horse worms
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Coconut-onion mix shows promise in killing horse worms

Enormous reduction in worm burdens reported.

The distinctive D-shaped egg of the tapeworm (Anoplocephala perfoliata). The dark circles in the picture are air bubbles.
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Tapeworm infection linked to increased colic risk

Horses 16 times more likely to have colic if tapeworm eggs were in their faeces.

Owners urged to keep on top of worming mares and foals
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Owners urged to keep on top of worming mares and foals

“It is important to maintain a meticulous worm control programme throughout pregnancy.”

Bacillus thuringiensis under 1000X magnification. Image: Dr Sahay/Wikipedia
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Could a bacterium’s clever trick benefit horses?

Researchers see potential in bacterium as a probiotic to kill equine parasites.

Scientists develop diagnostic test for Strongylus vulgaris
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Scientists develop diagnostic test for Strongylus vulgaris

Test developed as concerns mount that the parasite is making a comeback.

The worm turns: Crowdfunding sought for equine parasite research
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The worm turns: Crowdfunding sought for equine parasite research

Parasitologist seeks backing for testing probiotic against worms.

Seasonal targeting urged for several equine parasites
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Seasonal targeting urged for several equine parasites

Owners urged to tackle tapeworms, encysted small redworms, bots in autumn/winter.

Doing your own faecal eggs counts should be a key part of your worming strategy.
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Faecal eggs counts can be cost effective – study

Fifteen percent of horses in study shedded 80 percent of strongyle eggs.

Acacia melanoxylon, commonly known as the Australian Blackwood. Photo: Wikipedia/Eric SF
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Australian plants assessed for deworming ability

Several show potential, but more research is needed.

Strongyles are a common horse parasite that pose a major threat if burdens are not properly managed.
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Survey reveals owner shortcomings in parasite knowledge

Horse owners largely unaware of resistance threat – survey.

Pinworm can cause horses to rub their rear end to relieve the itching.
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Horse owners urged to tackle pesky pinworms

Evidence suggests pinworm infections are becoming more common and harder to beat.

New generic product will enable Alberta's horse owners to deworm horses for a fraction of the normal price.
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Collaboration allows access to cheap horse dewormer

Venture in Alberta, Canada, enables owners to deworm horses with Ivermectin for just $5 each.

Two ticks of the species ixodes holocyclus, before and after feeding. The amount of blood inside the larger tick is probably about 5ml.
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Dangers of Australia’s paralysis tick revealed

Retrospective analysis shows mortality rate of 26 per cent in affected horses.

"Less than three percent of horse owners perform fecal exams and to date this is the only way to find out if your horse is carrying an unhealthy parasite burden," says Dr Andrew Peregrine.
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Few horse owners undertake egg counts – parasite expert

Fewer than 3 per cent of horse owners test the parasite burden of their animals.

Strongyles are a common horse parasite that pose a major threat if burdens are not properly managed.
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Common parasite control strategies ‘outdated’

Experts say common control strategies are based largely on concepts dating back 40+ years.

Parascaris equorum
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Composting an effective parasite-control tool – study

Kentucky research shows composting is effective at killing Parascaris equorum eggs.

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