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  • Manufactured by: Equi-Lab

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Equi-Lab Worm Count Kit

Benefits From Having Regular FECs:

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Monitors the Efficiency of your Worming Programme

Especially in young stock who are vulnerable to worm damage since they have yet to develop the natural resistance of older horses.

Minimises the Risk of Resistance

It is only necessary to treat horses with a worm burden higher than 200 eggs per gram as the use of drugs on horses with low levels of infection will speed up development of drug resistance.

Helps Protect Existing Medicines

It is highly unlikely any novel compounds will enter the wormer market in the next 5-10 years.  FECs can identify when a horse needs worming instead of relying on guesswork and possibly treating them unnecessarily.

Cost Effective

By only using the drugs on horses with a proven high infection, it will save the expense of treating horses that do not require such medication at that time.

New Arrivals

New horses joining a yard are often wormed as a matter of routine. FECs can prove the worming history of a previously unknown individual as regular laboratory reports can act as a "Worming Passport".

Environmentally Friendly

The impact of some worming drugs is a cause for concern, as residual activity in the faeces after treatment can kill many insects and invertebrates that live on the pasture.
 
It is important the sample is fresh and tested within 48 hours,
to ensure an accurate reading.
 

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There is a lot of confusion about worm control programmes and the use of different worming drugs. When planning a worming programme it is important to think about which parasites need controlling at specific times of the year.
At present many populations of worms are resistant to the benzimidazole class of medicines and it is strongly advised that these wormers should no longer be used without specific FECs to monitor their effectiveness.

It is widely accepted that reducing reliance upon wormers by minimising their usage can slow down the onset of resistance which in turn, can also save the owner money on medicines. This represents a substantial saving, especially if you own more than one pony or horse and it also has the added benefit of keeping a less than pleasant task down to a minimum!

The effectiveness of the wormers used can be significantly improved if sufficient attention is given to pasture and horse management. If effective pasture and horse management is adhered to it is possible to reduce the number of wormer treatments you give to your horse in the year. This can be done safely by monitoring worm egg counts in droppings(FECs) while worming drug usage is decreased.
It is vital that we preserve the efficacy of our wormers for as long as possible. This can be achieved by using them selectively on the horses that really need them and by maintaining good pasture and horse management.
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The packs contain specimen pots, gloves, prepaid envelopes, easy to understand instructions and vouchers for a full laboratory test.

It is extremely important that the samples are fresh and reach us the following day. This can be achieved provided the samples are posted by the last post on the day they are collected during the working week, Monday – Friday.

The results and an explanation will be posted to the customer and there are no hidden charges once they have bought the pack.

Horses must not have been wormed 10-14 days prior to testing.



This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 09 November, 2008.

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