The Natural Horse Vet Magalog

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our horses, too! A recent article in a major Equine health magazine stated “custom deworming programs based on consultation of a veterinarian and fecal exams of individual horses will help postpone drug abuse, and thus drug resistance by common parasites.” They went on to state a “looming disaster” if we continue deworming the way we do today. My feelings, exactly – we have a serious situation!

if the “modern world” doesn’t wake up. The most “modern dewormer” today, Quest, will even kill your dog if he happens to get a hold of a little. How much stronger will they become?

I want to offer another solution – if your veterinarian will not do fecals for you our lab will. It only costs $10 each. Another option is to collect “proof of purchase” stickers from our natural herbal paste, “As needed” deworming, the answer! Worm Check™, and with each six, you will get one Hopefully you are getting the sense that “as needed” FREE fecal exam. That is putting our money where deworming may really be the answer. The key is to our mouth is! All it takes is a small quantity of fecal determine WHEN deworming is needed! The first material mailed directly to our lab. You can use this step is to understand that each horse is an individual free parasite exam to check either before you use – each with an individual need and circumstance. the Worm Check™ paste, or any other dewormer for Rather than just deworming by the that matter, or to test for effectiveness calendar, it is our responsibility to afterwards. Worm Check™ is an all“Rather than just look at each situation. This may natural combination of several herbs deworming by the calendar, it not be as difficult as it sounds and that is proving effective on all species is our responsibility to look at I assure you it will even be each situation...I assure you it of parasites. will even be cheaper.” cheaper! Technically, however, Worm Check ™ is Now, I imagine I have your not a dewormer but an herbal attention – less money! Let’s face it, saving money supplement in paste form. We have not proven it is important — especially when you have 30 or so effective against bots because we have to kill the horses like I do and especially when it is not much horse(s) to determine this – I just can’t do that! The more difficult. The answer is simply to check a fecal best time to check for effectiveness after deworming sample first before you deworm. All it takes is a with any product is 2-3 weeks. thimble full of manure. Your veterinarian can do it for you. Most usually charge $10 -$15. If you have a horse with a large number of eggs it should be checked and dewormed regularly, as needed. These Do expect a little resistance because they, too, have “shedders” are the real problem on most farms. New been exposed to the same myth that “all horses have horses entering your farm should ideally be isolated for worms” for quite some time. Most have said it so several days and checked prior to putting them into the much and haven’t checked in so long they too believe group. Any horse showing clinical signs of parasite it as fact. Most likely they will try to just sell you a problems, i.e. that “wormy looking” horse, should always paste wormer. Yes, it may be cheaper at the moment be examined by your veterinarian. There are some stages – but what if you did have a naturally resistant horse of parasites that just don’t show up in a fecal exam, that simply didn’t need deworming anyway? What if regardless. you had 10 of your 30 that didn’t have worms? How about if they NEVER had eggs in the fecal material? Which horses generally need deworming and which I think you could not only save money, but also have don’t? As we have stated, those that have worms need it healthier horses and definitely have fewer resistant and those that don’t, do not, but there are a few general parasites in the future. guidelines to follow. Young horses are more prone to problems associated with parasites, particularly I once stated in an article that resistant parasites roundworm impactions, whereas older horses are usually would soon be wearing a coat of armor oblivious to immune to round worms and other species, too, for that everything! I can’t imagine trying to handle a real matter. It is extremely important to check fecals on any parasite problem under those circumstances. It is sort horse under 3 years of age often, especially yearlings – of like the antibiotic situation we will soon be facing these I suggest monthly or at least every other month.

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