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Posted in Other Racehorse Health News on 6 May 2018
London, UK – May, 2, 2018 – Zoetis Inc. today announced that results from the latest National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) show that some horse owners are still not up to speed with best worming practice. More than a third of survey respondents don’t carry out faecal worm egg counts (FWECs) at all, while of those that do only 25% do so at the right intervals (1).
NEHS is a snapshot survey, conducted by Blue Cross in conjunction with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) during the month of May each year. It is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell and Zoetis and supported by the UK’s leading equestrian organisations and charities. Last year 5,235 people took part and returned records for 15,433 horses (1).
The results of the survey, which was run during a week in May 2017, revealed that 37% of respondents never carry out FWECs. The majority (39%) of those who carried out FWECs did so at four-monthly intervals; 22% did so at 8-12 week intervals and 2% did so at six-weekly intervals.
Dr Wendy Talbot, equine vet at Zoetis said: “The NEHS results show that there’s still a lack of understanding about the purpose and benefits of FWECs during the grazing season. For the most effective results FWECs should be conducted every 8 to 12 weeks between March and October. They will indicate which horses are passing the most worm eggs in their droppings and mean that horses are only treated when necessary.2 Remember though that FWECs don’t remove the need to treat horses at specific times of year for encysted small redworm, tapeworm and bots, none of which will show up in FWECs (3)”.
Dr Talbot has put together an eleven point checklist to help you take control of worms all year round.
1. National Equine Health Survey 2017
2. Hallowell-Evans and Hallowell (2017) Vet Times, April 24
3. AAEP (2016) Parasite Control Guidelines
4. Matthews (2008) Equine Veterinary Education, p 552-560
5. Proudman and Matthews, In Practice (2000) 22, 90-97